Independence Day Weather Report 2015

Callers will often ask, “How are summers in Saluda?” I can answer in a word: mild. We have come to know July as having comfortable overnight temperatures, perfect for restful-healthy sleep. Guest rooms at The Oaks all have individually controlled A/C while recent guests from Florida pulled their blankets from the closet to insure a cozy slumber. Daytime temperatures can reach into the 80s and you can count on a gentle mountain breeze to make for comfortable  hiking or a day on the Green River. We have gotten a good amount of rain this spring, insuring lively waterfalls and lush vegetation. Overnight rains create a sedative-like effect, making for a deep therapeutic sleep — leave the Ambien at home.  Before the raindrops make it to the ground, we have learned recognize the familiar percussive patter of the rain drops upon the leaves of the giant trees that surround us. The highlight of any Independence Day celebration would be the fireworks. Many of us have witnessed massive fireworks displays in major metropolitan cities. Some, where mirrored skyscrapers reflect the flash of the rocket’s red glare and the explosions resonate through the towering buildings. Here in Saluda, the event is planed and executed by the local volunteer firefighters. Just before sunset, Donna passes out the blankets and guests join the procession of vehicles that make their way up Greenville Street to Orchard Lake to find our place on the grassy hill by the lake. Family and friends laugh n’ chat as children tumble like gymnasts. Fireflies and sparklers interrupt the darkness competing for attention. From one end of the lake, torches...