The weather is heating up, so we're all starting to break out the short-sleeved shirts, shorts, dresses, and skirts. It truly is the most wonderful time of the year when we no longer have to bundle up.

We get so excited at the prospect of getting that tan and being super comfortable in what we're wearing that we have a tendency to forget about some things that we definitely need with the Amarillo sun and elements.

I spent the entire weekend out at my boys' baseball tournaments, and I can't tell you how excited I was to throw on shorts and the team shirt without needing sleeves, compression gear, etc. to stay warm. It was the first time all season that even the first game of the morning at 8:30 am allowed me to wear shorts and not be cold.

Everything in that first game was great. I was comfortable, not too hot, and definitely not cold. The second game rolls around, and it was about halfway through that game that I really started to feel a bit warmer. I keep thinking to myself the temp is rising, gonna be a warm one today.

It was not until the end of that game that I realized why it was warming up, I was burning, and quickly. It was too late, I was done for. That Amarillo sun hits different, and it got me in a hurry.

Now, I DID end up applying sunscreen for the next two games, but when I say it was too late:

Ryan Kramer
Ryan Kramer

I meant it, it was simply too late. This was over about a 4-5 hour span outside, and not even in the sun the whole time.

When Sunday rolled around, I went out to our first game dressed similarly to how I dressed all day Saturday, but the moment that sun hit my sunburn, my skin was tingling. Back to the sleeves for the second game I was out there for. How disappointing.

So, don't do what I did. Don't start your spring/summer with a burn that takes three days to recover from. Put on that sunscreen and enjoy the beautiful weather Amarillo is spitting out at us.

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