That Which Sustains

A couple weeks ago, I was at the lowest spot in the Western Hemisphere:

Chilling at the Lowest Spot in the Western Hemisphere, 130 Degrees

I look happy there, and I was, but it was 130 degrees when that picture was taken, and I was sitting that way so as to not have any bare skin touching the ground, as it would have burned me. As it was, a minute or two later, I discovered that my necklace and my shoes had grown hot enough to leave a mark.

It was a little troubling, but we had enough water, and it was also awesome. I’ve wanted to experience extreme heat like that since I was a girl and first learned about Death Valley, and now I have.

Since I got home, all I’ve been thinking about is food, per usual–particularly in July when everything is amazing. I wrote about some of my favorite cookbooks for the library web site. I think I’ve written about most of those books here, but just in case. I’m trying to write more for the library site–for the library in general–but I am trying to do a lot of things lately. I have been doing a lot of things. Life has been good, interesting, full. I hope I get to share more of it soon, but, in the meantime, I’m going to go hold onto a little more summer.


  1. tanita
    Posted July 14, 2014 at 12:28 pm | Permalink

    I think I am terrified of extremes of heat like that. I just KNOW I would, like, have my car break down… hm. Okay. Maybe phobias must be faced or whatever.

    Or not. Let’s go find some water to jump into.

    Happy Sustaining. ☺

  2. jp
    Posted July 14, 2014 at 5:26 pm | Permalink

    I’m so glad we got to experience that together! The photo turned out pretty good, I think. Though technically, it was only 127 degrees when we were there. We hit 131 maybe a half mile or so down the road :).

  3. adrienne
    Posted July 14, 2014 at 6:44 pm | Permalink

    Tanita, It’s not for everyone, I think.

    Oh, Jason. You are so you.

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