Here's one to break the intense heat around here...
I loved wading hip deep in a mountain stream, filled with water that was ice a couple of hours ago, and watching a cutthroat trout rise to my fly presentation. I loved sauteeing said trout in a cast iron skillet with butter, salt, pepper and just a touch of lemon juice.
One of my favorite summers was the one where all my cousins (and there were many; my Dad came from a large and fertile family) and I pooled our resources and bought ten large picnic tables full of big explosive fireworks for the 4th of July. We had the best show in Raytown, Missouri that year. One of my cousins nearly decapitated himself launching a big shell from it's cardboard mortar... but that's another story. Awesome (if expensive) fun.
Author: Mayan Solstice: A Novel of 2012 (http://www.createspace.com/3420054
If you would know a man, observe how he treats a cat.-
from "The Door into Summer" (1957), chapter 1 (Robert Anson Heinlein)
Love is the condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own. (again, RAH)