Some Like it Hot
The Boundary Waters was really hot last week, temperature wise that is. It doesn’t usually get too hot up here but we had a few days with temperatures up into the 90’s and humidity right up there with it. Talk about sticky!
The good thing about hot temperatures in the Boundary Waters is the access to water. Although the water temperature is rising it is still much colder than the air and your body temperature. My kids like to dip their hats into the water and sometimes their whole head to cool off while paddling. At the end of a portage a quick dip can cool your body down nicely before heading onto the next lake. Drinking lots of water throughout the day will keep you feeling good as well as finding shade during the hottest part of the day.
It’s especially beneficial to take a swim before zipping up in a tent at night. It it’s a hot, still night then cooling your body temperature down before trying to sleep can make you feel much better. There’s nothing like a moonlit swim on a starry night in the Boundary Waters.
I am so grateful to live just footsteps away from cool, refreshing, clean water. I have a tendency to wear my swimsuit all day long on hot summer days and dip into the water on a regular basis.. I apologize if you have seen me walking around in the store dripping wet but a girls got to do what a girls got to do. And this girl is going to stay as close to the water as long as it’s hot and I recommend you do too.