When the hot summer months hit — and they’ve definitely hit much of America, which is broiling under a hot sun and a stifling heat wave — our thoughts naturally turn to summer vacation. For most Americans, that means a trip to a beach, or a lake, or some other water-bound destination where swimming will be a big part of the vacation activities.
It didn’t use to be that way. Long ago, summer vacations were designed to get away from the heat, rather than seek it out. For many Americans, that meant going up into the mountains to enjoy the cool air and breathe deep the scent of pine.
Somewhere along the way, however, trips to the mountains were eclipsed by the lure of the sand and the scent of suntan lotion. That’s too bad. Speaking as someone who has just returned from a trip to the mountains in Whistler, British Columbia, I would recommend a mountain vacation to anyone.
Our trip to Whistler was beautiful and refreshing. The temperature during the day was in the 60s, and at night in the high 40s and low 50s. A morning walk was a brisk experience and chance to gulp down cool, fresh air. You could sleep at night with the windows open, and walk around during the day without becoming drenched in the sticky, cocoa butter-infused sweat of the beach.
With the emphasis on skin cancer and the aging effects of constant tanning, perhaps the summer trip to the mountains will make a comeback. The only downside I can see is the shock to the system when you land back home, walk outside, and gasp at your first encounter with the 90-degree wall of heat.