Most places in Reston, and there are some exceptions, have so many vehicles producing heat that you are getting cooked from the sun and from your transportation.
On a hot day, any modern town can be like an oven. The picture to the left is Cape Carteret, NC. The shot was taken a hot hazy day not long ago.
You cannot tell it from the big trees, but there was a breeze, just not enough of one to blow the haze away. Bogue Sound and lots of water are actually at the end of the street. Most times the water helps cool or warm the area.
Right now there isn't enough coolness in the water to make much difference. When we get closer to September things will start to change.
When the Reston world gets past Labor Day, the traffic changes. Things go back to being more crowded than they are in the summer. So as the temperatures start to cool, people's tempers sometimes get a little more exercise. Fall brings an intenseness to the Reston area.
We face the reverse situation. As the summer winds down, the tourists leave. The restaurants are ours once again. The roads become less crowded, and the weather even get better. Even the fish respond with most of the good fishing taking place in the fall.
While fall weekends are busy, we won't see the peak crowds we have seen in the high season of July and August.
The math is pretty compelling, Reston equals ten months of intense living with a couple of months of slightly less traffic. The coast equals ten months of enjoying the same area others work to get to for a few weeks in the summer. In the summer we share our area with others, stay out of the grocery stores on weekends, and cook at home more. We drive a few extra miles to get to a less well known beach.
That equation makes for a pretty happy life here on the Crystal Coast.