Our youngest daughter is obsessed with swimming holes. Streams, rivers or water filled quarries – she’s all in.
It started on a stop in Dorset, Vermont a few years ago. I read about an old quarry that is now a swimming spot. We leapt off the sides and fell 15 feet into the coldest water I’ve ever been in. But she was hooked.
Now she spends time looking for our next road trip – mostly in the mountains of North Carolina since that’s the closest spot with a wide variety of them. We’ve done Sliding Rock, Trash Can Falls, Hooker Falls, Skinny Dip Falls, Deerhorn and others. The one thing they all share is the temperature of the water. Everyplace she picks feels like it’s right on the edge of forming ice – even in summer.
Somehow my wife gets a pass from jumping in these things. She has given herself the job of photographer or ‘watcher of the shoes and towels’.
It’s really become a fun activity for us, especially in the environment we are living in right now. Being outside, usually with a hike involved to the water is a great way to spend a day together. If you want to find some near you, just open Google Maps and type in Swimming Holes.
I’d love to hear about some of your favorite spots to cool off – no matter where they are. I love a good road trip. (@dryfins on instagram or twitter)
Dry Guy Andy