There is a group of young men and women, many just boys and girls, for whom summer is an eagerly anticipated season. They are known in Spanish as âsalvavidasâ or âSavior of lifeâ; we call them âlifeguardsâ in the United States. Remarkably for such an important role, they are mostly young people with an average age of only 16, and most are paid minimum wage or slightly higher.
Death Valley National Park turned into a tourist and media hot-spot this past weekend as the parkâs famous thermometer soared.
With near record-setting temperatures forecast throughout the West last weekend, visitors from all over the world traveled to Death Valley to see if a new world record would be set in whatâs already considered the hottest place on Earth.
In a letter to wife Abigail about the advent of independence in the American colonies, John Adams wrote, âI am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the Day of Deliverance by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other from this time forward forever more.â
â âJohn Adamsâ by David McCullough