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?