Now, This is HOT!

Kansas Viewpoint

Wichita sets a record at 111 degrees; birthday boy still celebrates

Published on: July 11, 2011
I am always amazed at the fortitude of children.

As the sizzling heat hit a record 111 degrees yesterday, our crowd gathered at Old Cowtown Museum to celebrate Jackson's fourth birthday. The theme was dinosaurs.

In  my opinion, even T-Rex would have found a cool cave to crawl into. But not the dozen Griekspoor grandkids and friends in this group. Who can stay inside where it's air conditioned when there are rope swings to tackle and boardwalks to run on?

We wisely didn't attempt this adventure until almost 7 p.m. and about half the group spent the really hot part of the day at the water park. But it was still 100 degrees when I headed home at 9.

I was exhausted.  But the dinosaurs were still roaring in the hands of their tiny masters as the giant meat-eaters attacked the long necks. I'm guessing, however, that more than one warrior was sound asleep before the mini-van reached the driveway of home.