Those of you that read this regular series know that I am from Hackett, Arkansas, just a mile or so from the Oklahoma border, and just about 10 miles south of the Arkansas River. It was a rural sort of place that did not particularly appreciate education, and just zoom onto my previous posts to understand a bit about it.
Since the summer solstice just occurred a couple of hours ago, I thought it might be interesting to see how we kept cool(ish) in the summer all those years ago. At that time, residential central air conditioning was just about unknown in my part of the country, with only the very newest homes sometimes having it.
It gets brutally hot in the summer in west central Arkansas. As the summer progresses, pay attention to the national weather maps on the news and note that very often the temperatures there are comparable with (and connected to) those in the very hot areas of the desert southwest part of the country.
As a matter of fact, there are several flora and fauna characteristic of the desert southwest that are native to the Hackett area. Roadrunners are quite common, and I have found many a tarantula. Prickly pear cactus is also abundant.