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Photo by Christopher Tomlinson

Dacoya McKay, 8, from Grand Junction, gets ready to hit the water in Lincoln Park-Moyer Swimming Pool on Wednesday, which was free-admission day at the pool. The high temperature that day was 97 degrees, but the day before, Grand Junction reached 104 degrees.

It’s scorching!

Escaping the heat a rite of summer in the valley

This kind of fire is usually reserved for the solid oak pulpit of a tent revival, accompanied by brimstone and exhortations to repent, ye wretched sinners. It encourages the searching of conscience, the searching of soul.
It squats on its demon haunches over the valleys, scorching them brown and jaundiced yellow, pressing down heavier and heavier until any hint of cool air is wrung out like the last drops from a dish rag. And what’s left? The coal blast furnace of summer.
“Hot weather opens the skull of a city, exposing its white brain, and its heart of nerves, which sizzle like the wires inside a lightbulb,” wrote Truman Capote in “Summer Crossing.” “And there exudes a sour extra-human smell that makes the very stone seem flesh-alive, webbed and pulsing.”



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