Man Vs. Wild: Beating the Heat in the Pioneer Valley
Here is a list of things I wanted to get done last week:
There’s a really nice “body of water” about 3 miles from Amherst. Buses or friends with cars can get you there within 5-10 minutes (depending on the traffic lights). All in all, it’s a pleasant enough spot to swim in, though when everyone gets the same idea as you (and they will), it gets pretty crowded. There’s also a nice ledge providing a significant leap into the water.
(2) Read/Sit in an air conditioned coffee shop
There are around 4 coffee shops in Amherst (plus or minus one depending on your definition of coffee shop) and all of them are air conditioned. They range in loudness of people and background music, so some are better to read in than others. Of course, you’re pretty much bound by politeness to purchase something in order to use the space. They give you a sense of feeling productive, however, which is hard to come by in the summer.
Not much to say about this one. Sit in your room in as little clothing as possible (keeping in mind that the window is necessarily open) in front of a fan doing as little heat inducing activity as possible. If you can complain about the heat with a friend, all the better.