In the comfort of our air conditioned automobiles, it is easy to forget that the summer heat in many parts of the nation can be deadly. We had a thread on this topic a few weeks back -- today I saw this article in the Arizona Republic newspaper about a hiker at the Grand Canyon that succumbed to the heat.

If you participate in outdoor activities in the summer heat, especially in the desert southwest of the USA, be sure to take the necessary precautions -- carry enough water, wear protective clothing, keep your body fueled with the right kind of food, and hike during the cooler times of the day -- not under the blazing mid-day sun. Don't be foolish! Many folks think these rules apply to everyone but them -- but the sun is a great equalizer. Bob