Remember two months ago when you were praying for anything but rain? Your prayers have been answered, but the gods have punked us yet again, with 100-degree heat that not even denizens of brand new condos are equipped to deal with. That A/C unit you ordered off Amazon should be here in a few days (when it’ll actually will cool down again)... but we’ll prepare you for the next oppressive heat wave that’s sure to come for us all.
All hail, the swimming hole. Below is a list of our favorite places within an hour-ish drive of Downtown to cool off, though a couple of them are easily accessible by bike or bus. It’s worth noting we’ve removed two former favorites -- Kelly Point Park and Sauvie Island -- because you’re no longer allowed to swim at the former or drink at the latter. A handful of our latest tips are yet to be corrupted by the kinds of dinguses who caused the aforementioned spots to be ruined forever, so do your part by packing out trash and being kind to the locals. Now, who’s ready for a dip?