As a Phoenix based blog, it might surprise you that we here at LP are actually complete cowards about the heat. 75 degrees +? Nope, too hot. Even worse, all our favorite hikes are in Arizona’s low deserts, where things are sweltering well into October, which limits us to a few high elevation trails that we hike over and over again. It gets old.
This means at the first sign of fall we get really excited and go on a hike that is way too low, and way to hot, way to early in the season. This usually ends with us sweating profusely while shooting angry looks at whoever was supposed to check the weather report. Last weekend, Curry and I lived up to form, hiking through the tail end of the summer heat on Pinto Creek. Normally, I would write up a little trip report on this, but trip reports can be boring. Instead, I’ve written you a song about how happy I am that summer is over. Enjoy.
Content Warning: This post contains language that may be unsuitable for children. Earmuffs.
Also, this is obviously adapted from the Wizard of Oz, which you can, and should, buy here.
DING DONG SUMMER’S DEAD
YEAH SCREW SUMMER
THAT BASTARD, SUMMER
DING DONG THE GODDAMN SUMMER’S DEAAAAD
WAKE UP YOU SLEEPY HEAD
IT’S FINALLY TIME
TO GO OUTSIDE AGAIN
WAKE UP, THE GODDAMN SUMMER’S DEAD!
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Max Wilson is a graduate student studying ecology at Arizona State University. He writes here at Lesser Places, occasionally for Backpacker.com, and even more occasionally for scientific journals. You can follow him on twitter @maxomillions.