Fortunately, when the thermometer hit 104º today, I was working inside. When I finally ventured out at 6:00 pm it was still 100°. Ahhh…the dog days of summer have officially arrived, with many more to come.
I can’t wait to get out of the heat and onto the ice for a few weeks this summer. The Lone Star Curling Club is offering a four-week session for those wanting to learn the sport and others who want to improve their game. Four dates; three in July, one in August (more info).
Up north – above the border and near it on this side – I think it would be easier to find a moose with a pink umbrella drink than a curler on the ice in the summer time. Most curling clubs shut down from April/May to September and many folks move from the rink to the golf course (it is, after all, the Scot-invented summer sport).
That is why I love summer curling in Austin. Getting on the ice during the dog days of July and August is better than Snow Beach, Lake Travis and SUP’ing put together. But more than that, it’s a chance to share in the excitement of introducing new curlers to the game and watching them get hooked. As for the rest of us? Keep perfecting those curling skills and take advantage of any ice time we can get. Perhaps one day our skills will be good enough to compete successfully on a national or international level. Keep those summer sessions coming!
In the meantime, my personal goal is simple – keep my flip flops from melting between the car and the front door of the rink….