It’s hard to pick my favorite thing about summer in Lake Oswego, but summer nights are right up there vying for the number one spot.
They last longer here. Actually, summer days do too, compared say to our Southern California neighbors. The longest stretch of daylight is in late June with sunrise at 5:24 a.m. and sunset at 9:03 p.m. We’re a good 20 minutes into our day before the Newport Beachers in So Cal are waking to sunshine. And we gain almost an hour of evening sunlight at the other end of the day when the sun sets along their beaches at 8:06 p.m. but still shines on us for another 57 minutes.
No bugs. While the Insect Identification website lists 175 bugs that can be found in Oregon, I’m here to say that for the most part, they will not interfere with your enjoyment of summer nights. Occasionally, especially in late August, a wasp or two may find its way to your dinner table if you are eating meat, but other than that, we’ve found our backyard to be a nuisance-bug free zone. Even though we live on the lake, mosquitoes have not been an issue. Screened in porches are not needed here to enjoy your hot summer nights.
The weather. For the most part this summer, evening temperatures have ranged from the mid 70s to mid 90s, with no wind to bring on a chill. Perfect for a dip in the lake, walk around the block, corn hole tournament, boat cruise, or entertaining friends.
Dinners on the deck. Thanks to all of the above reasons, dinners on the deck are a highlight of our summer nights. Whether it’s a table for two—my wife and I—or 12—when the cousins visit—it seems that everything from the conversation to the food is better when enjoyed outdoors.
Sounds. Because I’m out on my deck enjoying my summer nights, I can also enjoy the sounds that come with them like a crackling fire in a neighbor’s backyard, kids swimming in the pool next door, and crickets that usually arrive in early August and serenade us until school starts.
Does Lake Oswego sound too good to be true? Why not see for yourself! Let me show you around—it’s what I love to do. Just give me a call at 503.939.9801.