I try not to complain about the heat. But Saturday it was brutal. I spent as much time as I could tolerate in my apartment reading and writing, but eventually I needed to seek out ways to beat the heat. So I made a list of inexpensive ways to cool off around town and set off by bike to the Carnegie Museum.
If this heat keeps up throughout July and August, I think I'll be using my Museum membership more and more for quick spells in air conditioning. I only had an hour to kill before I was expected at the pool, so I decided to check out the coolest exhibits I could think of.
First I spent a good chunk of time walking around in the cool darkness of the Hillman Hall of Minerals and Gems.
|Glow in the dark rocks!|
|As might be expected, the orange gems and minerals were my favorite.|
The second stop on my visit was the most obvious choice of all:
Yes. To beat the heat, I spent some time pretending I was in the Arctic. Genius, I know.
|On a day when it feels like it's over 100 degrees outside, it was easy to feel incredible jealousy of this scene.|
|Just in case on one of my wintertime Canada journeys I need to know how to build a shelter out of snow, I watched this video about building snowhouses.|
|Jealous of how cool these dogs must be feeling in the snow.|
After the museum I pedaled over to the Highland Park pool for a few hours of swimming and sunning. Entry also free; Pittsburgh pool passes are a beautiful thing. I passed out on my couch for a couple hours before meeting up with Ross to walk down to 36th and Butler for a pop-up beer garden, Tapped. We had a whiskey drink from Wigle Whiskey and an IPA from Full Pint. Cost $10. I had a hot dog from the Franktuary. Cost $3. It was all the money I'd spent all day, and I felt good about staying cool while keeping costs low.
These pop-up beer gardens will be going on throughout the summer, and I will be making an effort to go to many of them. Such a nice (and relatively cheap) way to spend a hot summer night.