Enjoying Swimming Holes

by Kade 25. August 2011 23:04

Ah, the old swimming hole. Just hearing those words evokes images of happier, simpler times - sipping on a glass of ice-cold lemonade, dangling your feet in the clear, cool water, just watching the world go by. There is nothing to compare with lazily leaning back against the trunk of an old oak tree with a contented sigh, enjoying the age-old dance of the dragonflies along the water's smooth glass-like surface, until a fish bobs up in search of a quick lunch, leaving rippled rings in its wake.

In today's pristine perfect chlorinated pool obsessed world, enjoying the pleasure of an old-fashioned swimming hole is in danger of becoming merely a quaint remnant of days long past. There is no better way to reconnect with the natural world than by spending some time immersed in the beauty and serenity of a natural fresh body of water. Water has a calming effect on the soul, and it is much more cost-effective than therapy.

There is something deeply freeing and primal about jumping headlong into a swimming hole. If you are lucky enough to have access to one complete with a dock, let your inner child shine through as you thump down those weathered gray boards, as many generations of swimmers have done before you. Then, without the hesitation that comes with attaining adulthood, give a loud whoop! and fly through the air as a jumble of flailing limbs, taking in a sharp breath as you are enveloped by the cool, inviting waters. The bigger the splash the better! Triumphantly rise to the surface, shaking your head like a long-haired dog and - what the heck - run back and do it again!

If by now you are panting and out of breath, float on your back and let the gently rolling waters lull you into a state of complete relaxation. Listen to the symphony of the birdsong, and watch as clouds pass across the face of the sun, alternating light and shadow over the entire landscape. Revel in the knowledge that humans have been engaging in this activity since the dawn of time, and know that you are part of an unbroken link spanning back thousands of years.  Head over to our list of swimming holes and find one near you to head out today.



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