For me, Summer has ended. I just recently returned from a weekend trip to Whistler, and that marks the end of my “summer days.” I always try to plan a vacation in the month of September, when the weather is still nice, but not too hot.
This year, though, the weather stayed blazing hot, making it feel as though it were still August. I don’t like the blazing hot sun… especially when the hotel you are staying at has no air-conditioning. No A/C? What??? Yes, I knew there would be no A/C. I read many hotel reviews online, before selecting this hotel. There were few complaints about this hotel, other than the lack of air-conditioning. So why did we choose this hotel? It had almost everything that we wanted, and the price was satisfactory to the wallet. Who knew that Whistler in September would be between 28 to 31 degrees Celsius, at it’s high?? My family and I figured A/C would not be needed in September weather. We were wrong. Thank goodness for swimming pools.
Yes, swimming pools. I haven’t been in a pool or large body of water since my honeymoon, in 2007. YES, that long! But in any case, out of desperation to cool down, some of us headed to the pool. What fun! And how hungry-inducing it was, too! Yes, we burned calories, merely by splashing in the water – muscle-meets-resistance means very hungry people, afterwards. But I’d rather be cool and hungry, than hot and cranky – which is what we were before splashing into the pool. In any case, while we enjoyed our time in the pool, and cooled ourselves off in the water, it did not make up for the lack of A/C in our rooms. But it did provide some reprieve.
So having said that, I am now revising my list of wants and needs, when booking accommodations for vacations and other trips. Swimming pools are now a “want” (or bonus), and air-conditioning almost at a need. The majority of customer reviews must be all positive, and the price must offer good value for the type of accommodation. There are a few other points to my list, but they are mostly “wants” and not “needs”, depending on the type of vacation and who my vacation companions are.
In any case, my weekend and my Summer “ended” as we drove from blazing hot Whistler, to cloudy and windy Squamish, to rainy and cloudy Vancouver coast. I look forward to pulling out my sweaters, jeans, boots, and scarves. I welcome Fall weather. I’ve had my fun in the sun, and now I await the cooler weather, and for the holidays that come with it!