Summer refreshment: friday five

Monarch Lake Colorado - 4 mile easy hiking trail around the lake.

Some people like to say “I wasn’t born in Texas, but I got here as fast as I could.” I am the opposite: I left as fast as I could because I am Not a Summer Person. I wilt even under our relatively mild Montana summers. But I’m certainly not spending all summer indoors, so I find ways to cool off and refresh. On that note, I’m linking up with Friday Five to share some summertime refreshment.

1. Get high.

In the mountains, I mean. Though in a couple states that still has a double meaning. Setting up camp next to an alpine lake and waking up to a brisk 40 degrees is basically the definition of summer refreshment.

And if you go high enough you can find snow.

2. Wade in a river.

Along with being Not a Summer Person, I am Not a Beach Person. Too hot, obviously. Too sunny. Too sandy. And the ocean wants to kill you. I’d much rather go wading in a nice cold river. Bonus points for bringing a dog to shake water all over you.

3. Minty hair conditioner.

Last time I got my hair cut my hairdresser was using a minty conditioner that made my head feel icy for a few minutes. Like Burt’s Bees peppermint flavor, but for your scalp. Unfortunately I forgot to ask her what it was , but I *will* track it down.

4. Garden-fresh salted tomatoes.

If you’ve never tried this before, trust me: as soon as you can get ripe tomatoes from your garden or farmer’s market, cut one into thick slices and lightly salt the slices. It is the tastiest, most refreshing way to eat good tomatoes.

5. Everything salty.

I always prefer salty over sweet, but when the weather gets warmer I crave salty food nonstop. Ice cream is okay, but 100x better with salted caramel sauce. Chips and salsa, obviously. Fries, yes please. Cottage cheese, because I guess I should add something healthy to this list. I’m keeping my electrolytes up, right?

What’s your favorite refreshing summertime activity?

17 Comment

  1. Rachel says: Reply

    I love, love, love camping. But I also love summer, so I’ll skip the snow in the mountains! Beautiful pics 🙂

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      I firmly believe you can have TOO much summer when camping 😉

  2. I actually love the heat of the summer and I WOULD move back to We lived in Northern Texas so it wasn’t so bad.

    I love the ripe garden tomatoes with salt! Do you ever salt your watermelon? My dad did that so we did it growing up. My husband thinks it’s so weird. Thanks for linking up with us!

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      I also lived in N. Texas…funny, I remember it being bad 😉

      I’ve definitely heard of salting watermelon, but can’t remember if I’ve tried it. I probably should!

  3. We are a bit on the verge of being polar opposites LOL I prefer the heat over the cold (I’m in Iowa, so I get both). I also have a pretty severe sweet tooth…but fresh tomatoes are the bomb….I’ve never tried them with salt, though. Hmmm, I might have to give that a whirl 😉
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    1. Hannah says: Reply

      Apparently some people like tomatoes with sugar….idk, I’d still recommend the salt!

  4. I really crave salty stuff in the summer! And that conditioner sounds really nice. Its always good to find creative ways to refresh yourself in the summer!

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      Same here!

  5. Garden fresh tomatoes are superb! And I’m not sure I could handle Texas heat either. The mountains and 40 degree mornings sound pretty good to me! Stopping by from #sharefest. Have a great weekend!

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      The mountains are definitely better!

  6. I’m also a hot summer hater. Ohio was way too humid and when I see folks from home complain about another 90 degree day I’m content with this Montana life (we’ll see if that’s still true after winter). Even these random 80 degree days are soooo much better without the humidity! Oh and I’m a salt over sweet person, too. I eat popcorn everyday.
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    1. Hannah says: Reply

      Humidity is miserable but I think dry heat can be more dangerous – when we lived in Reno there were some days I couldn’t drink water fast enough! Popcorn is my after dinner snack.

  7. I’ve never tried mint shampoo before but now I really want to! That sounds perfect for summer!
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    1. Hannah says: Reply

      I’ve used a drugstore brand mint shampoo before but it didn’t have the same cooling effect…I guess I’ll have to spring for the fancy salon stuff!

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  9. Laura says: Reply

    Trader Joe’s makes a tea tree oil shampoo and conditioner that is inexpensive and has that tingly cooling effect! Hope that helps 🙂

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      I’m sure our nearest TJ’s is a 5-6 hour drive…but I’ll have to remember that next time I’m headed somewhere that has one!
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