The tropical-like temps are lingering longer than I’d like, and, with the sun beating down and a “real feel” of 90 degrees as early as 6:00 a.m., Southeast Michigan feels more like an exotic island locale.
Yup, that’s a wicked hot sun, Mun.
All that is missing are the palm trees, a sandy beach and a gentle island breeze.
I scurried out the door this morning, intending to have a full walk, but halfway through, I was already feeling the effects of the steamy and sultry day, so I cut my walk short and hurried home to the air-conditioned house and a tall glass of ice-cold chocolate milk.
Yesterday, I threw in the towel, forsaking the Boulevard for the grocery store aisles. The car needed a run, and I figured that rather than driving around aimlessly, then walking in the heat, I might as well take the car to Meijer and walk laps there.
On this Throwback Thursday, with weather with an island-like feel, I’m sharing a photo of me in the San Blas Islands of Panama, circa October 1982. This locale was one of the ports of call during a two-week Panama Canal cruise on Sitmar Lines’ “S.S. Fairsea”. It was a hot and steamy day, much like today, when we visited one of the islands that are just east of Panama. The ship’s photographer took this picture of me near the main village. You see the house on stilts in the background, but most of the Kuna Indians live in villages in grass huts. We arrived on the island early in the morning, which was a good thing, as by 10:00 a.m. the intense heat and humidity had my makeup melted right off my face. I sure wished I could trade those jeans and top I was wearing for “molas”, the colorful island garb consisting of a blouse and skirt, both created and worn by the Kuna Indian women that inhabit that island. In an album, currently buried at the bottom of my closet, I have photos of their colorful clothing, headwear and jewelry, but, if you’re interested to get a flavor of the San Blas Islands, just Google “Images of Kuna Indians Mola”.
“Less is more” might be the best way to dress during this weather. Today, this Island Girl came home drenched in sweat just wearing lightweight capris and a short-sleeved seersucker top.