Hot weather affects food truck workers, those who enjoy outdoor activities
AUSTIN, TX – While some people may stay indoors due to the high temperatures, others are still enjoying outdoor activities.
Some cooled off at Lady Bird Lake, but it wasn’t crowded.
“It’s hot. Stay cool by taking a dip in that beautiful cool water. I would suggest all Texans do that too. It’s a glorious time to be outside, and it’s hot!” said Izzy Garza.
“We met a bunch of friends here and all of our kids and jumped in the freezing river, I wish I could be at the beach, I wish I was in Hawaii, but we’re here and we love it and we’re there let’s take a day to cool off,” said Todd Casselberry.
Some like the heat, others want it to cool down a bit.
“It’s okay for a few days, but I think we need some rain,” Casselberry said.
“In this weather, we can take off our shirts, run, be active, so I love it,” Ronen Melloul said.
On Barton Springs Road, people tried to stay cool in the shade while enjoying food trucks.
“Wear that [hat]because I’m about to melt, and I’m trying to find as much shade as possible and drink tons of water,” Kristen Harris said.
“I can’t pass up the food options,” Vernon Harris said. “Luckily we saw the shadow and the trucks, so that helps.”
“It’s really hot, but we try not to let that deter us from exploring and enjoying, and then going inside whenever we can,” Kristen said.
Pamela Littlejohn is the general manager of Holla Mode, a Thai-style ice cream trailer.
“It’s ridiculous,” she says of working in a food trailer in the heat. “A lot of the air conditioning units system is on the outside or on top. When I get a bunch of people in a trailer and then also everything in the trailer from the machinery, it gets really hot. “
She says they are doing what they can to stay cool and makes sure her staff say hydrated.
“It’s just that the heat is brutal. It puts a strain on my staff. It puts a strain on the trailer. Obviously it’s a metal trailer, so it retains the heat, and we try to cool it down as much as possible,” she says.
Littlejohn says the heat is affecting the business.
“Our numbers are a little off right now, because people don’t want to stand out, which I understand, but they’re still supporting us through all the amazing stuff,” she said.
However, they keep moving forward despite the challenge.
“I’ve been on your feet and been through COVID, I’ve been up and been through Snow-pocalypse. I’ve held it all together. Right now we’re still up and going, but it’s just a little more than a struggle,” she said. “I want people to make sure they come out and see us. I mean, if we have a bit of a wait, then we’ll get through it as fast as we can.”