Spring has sprung. This is old news, of course. Winter — what there was of it — has been in Austin’s rear view mirror for weeks. But don’t get too comfortable.
Summer is looming. In Central Texas, it’s that 5-6 month season when you can’t walk out barefoot to get something from the car. When you can’t check out a new park without setting your alarm clock. When you can work up a sweat just watering your grass.
It will be here before you know it. Here are 8 things you need to do in Central Texas before summer gets here …
1. TAKE THE KIDS TO THE PLAYGROUND
There’s nothing like the sound of a screaming child who has discovered for you that the playground equipment is way too hot. Better find an overcast day and take them now. Repeat until the sizzle makes you stop.
2. GO TO A SHOW AT A CLASSIC HONKY-TONK
Sure, I’m from here. I know full well that there’s something great about a hot summer night at a historic venue. But you just can’t hear Ray Wylie tell his stories when you’re surrounded by people whining about how stuffy and sticky it is.
3. GO FOR A NATURE HIKE
If you think water obstacles are part of the fun while hiking through the Barton Creek greenbelt, you probably don’t want to wait until July.
4. SEE THE WILDFLOWERS
Duh. They got an early start this year. It’ll be crispy grass and cracked earth soon.
5. GET A GOOD JUMP ON THE YARDWORK
If oak pollen allergies allow it, best to get out there now and fight the bugs and the humidity.
6. GO CAMPING AT ENCHANTED ROCK
It takes a certain type of person to lie in a puddle of sweat in a tent at Enchanted Rock in July. If you don’t think you are that person, trust me, you are not.
7. GO EAT CHILI AT THE TEXAS CHILI PARLOR
Traditionally, Texas is still at risk for a cold snap until Easter. That might be optimistic thinking this year. Better get that bowl of XXX chili before the XXX weather hits.
8. BREAK OUT THE BUG ZAPPER
Seriously. A friend gave me a bug zapper and two lawn chairs as a wedding gift. (A good friend who could get away with such a thing.) He said it was a “redneck entertainment center.” And so it has been. The zapping is good now. When it’s 110 degrees in July, the flying bugs will be dead. The bugs will be dead. They’ll all be dead.