Standing in the sunshine on the rocky bank, with rivulets of cool water dripping from your hair and swimsuit, you wait your turn at the base of the old oak. You grip the fraying rope, get a running start, swing out over the pool of clear water, and release. In summertime, when the mercury taunts the tip of the thermometer like an angry red fist, the best place to cool down is an old-fashioned swimming hole.
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Into the woods behind a village, or down the rocks over a guardrail: neither hospitable nor inhospitable, the swimming hole persists. We come for adventure or to cool off at the end of our workday, on a day off, after school or on weekends. We ferry their seeds before unhooking them from our clothing and then from the skin of our fingers.
When I was growing up, my family bought a white-and-red lake cottage with flaking paint and moss-covered shingles. Mud Lake was aptly named. Our feet sank into the sludgy bottom, and weeds grew underwater.
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Updated January 12, On any given Sunday at a picturesque lake in Box Hill, in Melbourne's east, you'll find battleships, paddle steamers and speedboats cutting a swathe through the water. The lake is home to the Surrey Park Model Boat Club, and more than one of the replica craft must've sunk to the bottom over the years. The lake — or Surrey Dive as it's known — was once one of Australia's premier swimming venues and was the first, in fact, to be considered Olympic standard.
The Bison at Blue Mounds State Park wallow in a dust bowl to keep cool and rid themselves of pesky bugs during the hot summer months. A thrill-seeking teenage boy was pulled from a rain-swollen river in Duluth and later died, authorities said Sunday. Will J.