Hot as the firecrackers that were going off in Utah Valley to celebrate Pioneer Day! But we choose not to have air conditioning, relying on our system of open windows and thick insulation and passive solar shade to get us through July and August. And to keep us in touch with nature.
Just as we were settling into bed a smattering of rain raised the wild scents that come off bone-dry sage and bunch grasses and oakbrush.
A couple of hours later a skunk announced itself with its omnipresent redolence.
Both scents had faded by the time a fire in the next canyon to the north sent hints of its acrid conflagration our way.
Imagine missing that array of scent while shivering under a sheet in a sealed house.