Tuesday, July 28, 2009

It's Hotter than a Cat on a Hot Tin Roof!

Yikes! In case you've been too busy to notice, or possibly on a cool exotic vacation somewhere else, it's been hot here in Central Oregon. The forecast for today is 94 to 100! Same for tomorrow, but cooling in the evenings, hallelujah. It may be hotter than "a cat on a hot tin roof" but these are really the "Dog Days" of summer. I know you have heard that phrase before, but do you know where it originated from? According to Wikipedia - the term "Dog Days" was first used by the Greeks (during Aristotle's time) as well as the ancient Romans, named after Sirius ( the "Dog Star") the brightest star in the heavens besides the Sun. The ancients believed that the Dog Days signified the period of time when Sirius rose just before or at the same time as the sun( which is no longer true) supposedly adding to the sun's heat creating a stretch of hot and sultry weather. In Ancient Rome, the Dog Days extended from July 24 through August 24. The Old Farmer's Almanac lists the traditional timing of the Dog Days as the 40 days beginning July 3 and ending August 11, coinciding with the ancient rise of the the Dog Star, Sirius.

Whew, now that we understand all of that, the question is how do you stay cool? Black Butte Ranch has so much to offer during these hottest days. You and your family (two adults and two kids) can golf after 4pm every day at Glaze Meadow Golf Course for only $60! That's a cool deal. You could also spend your day chillin' at the Glaze Meadow Recreation Center pool. The Kids will have a blast in the spray playground(see below) doesn't that look like fun? There's also a great snack shop, where you can buy sandwiches and drinks (pop, water, etc.) and enjoy the cool water.
And just in time for the "Dog Days" you can get 20% your bike rental at Glaze Meadow Rental Shop Monday - Thursday. If you haven't been on the bike paths here at the Ranch, you haven't yet experienced one of the greatest ways to see the flora and fauna here. There are 18 miles of paths (mostly in the shade) that are easy for most levels of cycling (even the wee ones). Come and cool down with us http://www.blackbutteranch.com/.
See ya around the Ranch!

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