Big Cedar Lodge offers countless ways to escape from the summer heat. Everybody knows jumping in the pool is a great way to cool down after a day in the sun’s blazing rays. There are two pools at Big Cedar Lodge: the Devil’s Pool and the Swimming Hole complete with shuffle board, snack bar, and sand volleyball. Our guests can also enjoy the lazy river, slide into the indoor pool, or relax by a third outdoor pool. All found next door at the Wilderness Club.
A cold beverage can erase the midday stress brought on by the heat. Stop by the Buzzard Bar or Truman for a blended coffee drink, beer, wine, or a healthy, fruit smoothie. Truman also serves ice cream for those who happen to have a sweet tooth!
If you are an adventure seeker, maybe you will find your refuge from the summer heat at the Bent Hook Marina. At the marina, you can rent a ski or pontoon boat and go tubing, skiing, or wakeboarding. There are also canoes, jet skis, and paddle boats available for rent. Or you can simply jump in and go for a swim with the bass and crappie!
Make sure to know the following signs of heat exhaustion. Signs of heat exhaustion include heavy sweating, paleness, muscle cramps, tiredness, weakness, dizziness, headache, nausea or vomiting, and fainting. If heat exhaustion is not treated, it can lead to a heat stroke—when the body cannot control its temperature. With heat stroke, body temperature may rise quickly to 106° F. or higher. Heat stroke could be fatal or cause permanent disability if emergency treatment is not provided. Seek medical treatment immediately if the symptoms are severe or the victim has heart problems or high blood pressure.
If a person shows the signs of heat exhaustion, here are some tips to help cool off:
•Move to the shade and preferably to an air-conditioned environment.
•Drink cool, nonalcoholic beverages.
•Take a cool shower, bath, or sponge bath.
•Wear lightweight clothing.
In hot weather to protect yourself against developing heat exhaustion:
•Drink more liquids, regardless of your activity level. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink. (If your doctor limits your fluid intake or you are on a diuretic medication, check with your doctor on how much you should drink in hot weather.)
•Don’t drink liquids that contain caffeine, alcohol, or large amounts of sugar—these will cause you to lose more body fluid.
•Avoid very cold drinks—these could cause stomach cramps.
•Stay indoors, preferably in an air-conditioned place.
•Take a cool shower or bath.
If you have to be out in the heat:
•Limit your outdoor activity to morning and evening hours.
•Cut down on exercise. If you must exercise, drink 2 to 4 glasses of cool nonalcoholic liquids each hour. A sports drink can replace the salt and minerals you lose in sweat.
•Rest often in the shade.
•Protect yourself from the sun with a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher.
•Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
Source: “Extreme Heat,” U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on http://www.nwhealth.edu/healthyU/findBalance/heat.html