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The thermometer is stuck at 118º today, three degrees cooler than yesterday. It was the perfect weekend to hibernate indoors and binge watch television. Fortunately, Orange is the New Black just released the fourth season on Netflix.

Arizona saw four heat related deaths this weekend, one only a few miles from my house, in the Superstitions. These deaths are unfortunate, as they were avoidable.

The extreme heat is tricky. You don’t sweat, so you don’t think you are hot. However, the opposite is true.  You don’t sweat, because you are dehydrated. You are twenty minutes away from a health crisis that is likely to end up in your death.

It is hot out there. Record-breaking hot. Hot even for the Sonoran Desert. 120º hot.  Heck, my tap water from the cold water faucet is 89º. If your body heats up above 104º, you begin to damage your heart, kidneys, liver, brain. Unchecked, the damage is irreversible.

That is one of the problems with publicly available public resources such as the breathtaking Superstition Wilderness. You don’t have to prove experience. You do not have to have common sense to utilize these resources. You might underestimate the amount of water you need to pack – one liter for every hour in these temperatures.

We see all sorts during Snow Bird season. People that refer tot he well-known landmark as the Superstitious Mountains. People that want to hike around the mountain – the Apache Trail is 120 miles. Others want to be directed to the Lost Dutchman’s mine.

My girlfriend was in Tombstone last year, at the Boot Hill cemetery. A group of tourists was overheard wondering that it was amazing that so many people died on the same day…

So what does all of this have to do with the latest painting? Absolutely nothing.

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