You’ve probably all heard the saying “It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity.”
Well, for some of our stay in Columbia, Missouri, we’ve had both high temperatures (in the mid-90s) and high humidity. That is an ugly combination and our body is just not able to shed the heat to keep cool.
However, I can’t really complain. We’ve been lucky up until this point. When we arrived in Columbia, the weather was pretty good. We were able to cycle a beautiful section of the Katy trail – Rocheport to McBaine. The trail was fully shaded and ran along the Missouri River. Knowing that the temperature will really start to heat up, we decided to take another bike ride the next day. We cycled the MKT Trail another shaded rails-to-trail path. The MKT is an urban trail that starts in downtown Columbia with connections to the University of Columbia and passing through several parks and nature trails. If school was in session, this would be one busy trail.
Columbia has a population of about 110,000 but that doesn’t include the 37,000 students who attend one of the three colleges/universities in town including the state’s largest university, the University of Missouri (Mizzou). Mizzou was hosting their “Hot Summer Nights Festival” which is a series of classical music concerts. It cooled off enough one night for us to attend an outdoor pops concert. The symphonic band was professional but the acoustics were not very good. The next night we had the opportunity to hear Beethoven’s 9th Symphony at the beautifully restored Missouri Theatre. The hot weather continued so we wrapped up our last day enjoying the city’s indoor waterpark with its lap pool, slide, lazy river and hot tub. Can you say ahhhhhhh.
In previous blogs, I mentioned that I enjoy visiting college towns and wouldn’t mind living in one because of all they have to offer – performing arts, lectures, classes, museums and, overall, more things going on. However, after visiting Columbia, I think that a student base of 37,000 might just be too large for me. A local cyclist we talked to mentioned that residents breathe a sign of relief each summer when school is out. In his words, “we get our town back” at least for a short while. That remark certainly got me thinking a little differently about college towns.
We are now in Independence, Missouri. It was home to Harry Truman, our 33rd president and a jumping off point for those pioneers fulfilling the “Manifest Destiny.” It is very hot here now and there is a heat advisory until Saturday.
It will be interesting to compare Truman’s library with some of other presidential library we have seen previously.