I noticed it hit 100 today in Salt Lake City, with a forecast of 101 for tomorrow. Good luck with that.
We are still enjoying the maritime climate of Ketchikan, Alaska. I've done most of the hikes around here before, but don't mind doing them again.
If you've never hiked here before, let me give an introduction. The first thing to remember is that the forests are impenetrable. If the devil's club and other prickly bushes don't get you, the mud and muskeg will. Stay on the trail? Essential, except in a few places above treeline.
The old-school trails here are similar to the one below, with wooden treadways. I can't even fathom how long it must have taken to put these in.
More recently, they've shifted to using gravel, which I suspect lasts longer and isn't slippery when wet, although I always liked the wooden planks and the thrill when they don't break with each foot stomp.
Although I love airy summits, the forests here are incredible. The life force is strong. I'm a bit disappointed that it's been dry since we arrived since I enjoy lowland hikes in the rain here.
Yesterday was cloudy and cool. We did a short, steep hike up Dude Mountain into the alpine, such as it is here. It was lush where there wasn't snow.