For a while back in the spring, it felt like I was talking about the weather too much. So every week, even though weather and outdoors activities are really related, I would silently tell myself to stop talking about it. But really, I can’t not say something at this point.
I think the entire region has had it up to here (I have my hand up pretty high!) both figuratively and literally, with this rain! It’s so frustrating and depressing, isn’t it? It feels like it is raining at least five out of every seven days. I know June was a record rainfall month, I bet July will be too.
I would love if the local parks would check in and let us know how your trails and streams are. Are they fit for walking and fishing? I bet most families are like mine, and just staying home, assuming it is too wet and muddy and overgrown.
I am paranoid about falling trees. I drive on lots of the back roads around here-between Avondale and Kennett, up to Unionville and Downingtown. I’m frequently on 162, 926 and all those narrow, two-lane roads that are lined with old trees. So many are falling down because of the wet weather, you can see where they are beside the roads and leaning on other trees. Stay safe, especially if you are hiking or camping.
A friend went camping up in Berks county and said some trees fell on some cars, thankfully no tents!
In addition to record rainfalls, we are having record problem mosquito seasons. I saw that on the local news this morning. If you follow this column, you know I have a 6-year-old that has a real problem with mosquito bites, to the point of them developing into cellulitis. I called Mosquito Platoon, which is based up in Aston, to come out and spray the yard. We had to cancel our scheduled appointment…because it was raining. Ironic, no? The rain not only creates the opportunity for more mosquitoes, but it prevents me from getting my yard sprayed against said mosquitoes. Which are really, really bad. We never even use our back yard any more.
At least most portions of the Chesco Criterium bike race series got to take place despite the weather. It’s a fun event, if you missed it this year definitely check it out next year if they have it. If you are going stir crazy indoors, you may need to alter your plans or expectations.
While we do have days where it rains the entire day, we do have some days where there is some possible time to be spent outdoors. Think of parks like Penn Township park and the new park in West Grove, where the paths are paved. You can at least get out and about and go for a walk and it won’t be muddy if you stay on the paved walks. Be safe and check weather forecasts before you go.
There also is a rock climbing gym in Downingtown and one in Media, and our YMCAs have indoor pools. It’s still possible to be active and be indoors. I don’t like it for a long a long-term solution and there are only so many times that I can sing “The sun will come out…tomorrow…” in my head.
Hopefully August will be brighter. At least we’re saving money on sunscreen, right?
Outdoor enthusiast Lisa Lightner lives in Avondale.