Didn't quite understand what this was when my neighbor talked about them. I sort of had a picture in my mind, but after a resent visit to Stow, Vermont, I now have a perfectly clear picture of what a swimming hole is.
"A swimming hole is a place in a river, stream, creek, spring, or similar natural body of water, which is large enough and deep enough for a person to swim in. Common usage usually refers to fresh, moving water and thus not to oceans or lakes." (Wikipedia)
It's like going to the beach for people that don't have a beach.
It's a place to cool off.
Or, maybe "show off".
Many swimming holes are located in a mountainous and rocky area with wicked cold running water. A natural place for adventurers like hikers, climbers, white water rafters...
A place for people who live for the thrill of jumping off a cliff into unknown waters,
or find it very refreshing to take a swim in bone chilling waters.
There are even swimming holes for skinny dipping, how's that for showing off your adventurous side?
Au naturel! Oh la la...
And then there are those like me, who come along for the scenery.
Walking cautiously. Carefully planning each step on my way to the swimming hole.
Not willing put my camera down to jump from a rock, or submerge myself into frigid mountain water.
Without a hot sandy beach to lay down on afterwards, I feel a little out of place.
But, it is beautiful, the scenery.
Very rugged and untouched.
The rocks that have been shaped and smoothed by water are amazing.
The clarity of the water makes it look so pure and I get thirsty.
Look at the color of the water in the top picture, it has this fantastic teal color.
I need to go back and see more swimming holes.
Can you imagine this one in the spring time?
With all the water rushing down the mountain from the melting snow?
I think it might be a powerful experience.