Death Valley National Park is closer to us than Las Vegas. Here is a photo of their temperature yesterday.
Perhaps you've noticed that the southwestern US is having a little heat wave lately, and you just have to know that me and Margie are smack dab in the middle of it. The term "dry heat" doesn't really come very close to describing how 115 degrees feels, but to tell the truth, I'd rather have 115 here than 100 in McCook. Your humidity there is harder to take for me.
One thing you quickly learn around here is if you want to get things done before it gets hot, you have to get up before the sun, and around here that's 5am. Now for Margie, that has been extraordinarily tough as she just isn't a morning person.
I've been treated lately to the spectacle of a 3/4 asleep person wandering around the house trying to figure out who knows what. My poor girl is having a tough time adapting, but I also admit that she doesn't complain... too much.
We have to make sure our drip irrigation system is putting water where it is supposed to. It seems that rabbits around here looking for water chew through the plastic pipes so there is quite a bit of maintenance. We've still only had 1/10 of an inch of rain this year so even cactus gardens need weekly watering. I've seen only a couple folks trying to grow vegetables, and the gardens look pretty poor compared to those in Nebraska.
We're lucky on our side of the Spring Mountains compared to those folks that live on the east side of the mountain range in Las Vegas. The homes in LV are built closer to each other than any city I've I ever been. On top of housing for a couple million full time folks, there is all the asphalt and concrete paving making Las Vegas what is called a heat zone that holds heat all night long. At night, their temperatures are consistently 15 to 20 degrees warmer overnight than here in Pahrump. We are currently seeing our low overnight temps in the upper 60s.
These hot temperatures don't stop us 4x4 nuts either. Yesterday we hit the trail and rolled through desert terrain and up into the aforementioned Spring Mountains. The desert portion of the trip was well over 100 degrees, but by the time we got to the top of pass we were going over, the temp was in the low 80s.
Our Jeep club will be in our communities July 4th parade, and I'll try and get some pictures up from that event. In the mean time, happy birthday USA.