Hot, Humid, Hazy Williamsburg
I have many childhood memories of hot, summer vacations to Williamsburg, touring the colonial attractions and visiting Busch Gardens with my family. Over the years, trips to Williamsburg have become a tradition for me and I take my family to visit the same sites and parks that I enjoyed as a kid. Last year, we had unseasonably cool summer weather for our trip, but this year, the weather was back to normal -- hot, humid, and hazy.
Keep reading for more photos of Williamsburg's humid, hazy weather.
I sometimes wonder how our colonial ancestors managed through the heat and humidity of a typical Mid-Atlantic summer, without having the luxury of electricity and air conditioning. I read an 18th century journal that described how the author would look forward to summertime thunderstorms since they would create cool breezes to break up the afternoon heat. Some colonial residents were fortunate to have access to an ice house, a room or building dug into the ground that stored blocks of ice from the winter. Ice houses would provide relief from the heat until their stores of ice had melted. Some of the colonial ice houses could keep ice through the summer, into the months of September and October.
Today, Williamsburg's buildings, taverns, and hotels are air-conditioned. A trip to Williamsburg during the summer can be very comfortable and enjoyable, even during the dog days of August. I especially enjoy visiting the taverns for a colonial-style dinner at the end of the day, although the price tag can run a bit high.
One of my favorite Williamsburg activities does not require air conditioning and does not have a price tag. I wake up early and go for a run or hike through Colonial Williamsburg and the College of William and Mary. The colonial area is especially beautiful in the morning, without the crowds and tourists. The early morning weather is usually pleasant, sometimes cool, and the surroundings are often very quiet and still. Occasionally, there is an interesting scene. This year, I saw a man in colonial attire riding his mountain bike down Duke of Gloucester Street, presumably to work in one of the colonial attractions in town.
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