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Compared to the northern United States, Austin’s winters are incredibly mild, but that doesn’t mean we don’t experience our fair share of biting north winds, dreary overcast skies, and freezing temperatures. And sleet. Lots of freaking sleet.

If you’re Texas born and raised, then you’ve probably learned to appreciate Texas’ warmer climate and plentiful sunshine, and it’s probably safe to assume that, when your face and fingers and toes are aching in the bitter cold, the native Texan in you longs for summer.

Sound familiar? Then sorry, but these 10 photos of summer in Austin are only going to make your pining worse. Much much worse:

1.) It’s been so long since we’ve paddled Lady Bird Lake

lady bird lake water colorado river paddleboarding SUP canoe canoeing kayaking

It might be illegal to swim in Lady Bird Lake, but stand up paddleboards (SUPs), kayaks, and canoes are legit and we love them. Photo: Flickr user Rabah Rahil, CC licensed

2.) And There’s nothing as warm and wonderful as a Texas summer sunset

city skyline sunset sunrise

The blazing sun has its benefits! Photo: Flickr user Earl McGehee, CC licensed

3.) our Dogs just aren’t as happy without their weekly swim

dog red bud isle swimming playing pup rescue island park leash-free

This is what our pups are going to look like the next time they get to play and swim at one of our many off-leash dog parks. Photo: Flickr user Roy Niswanger, CC licensed

4.) … And neither are we

barton creek swimming hole

We Austinites have a wealth of natural swimming holes at our disposal and we get cranky without ’em. Photo: Flickr user LilyyyB, CC licensed

5.) Sailing Lake Travis is just better in shorts

boating lake travis sailboat

Lake sunsets are more easily appreciated in shorts too! Photo: Flickr user David Brooks, CC licensed


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