Monday, July 16, 2012

Swimming Hole!

The country has graffiti too, you know!
Yesterday, Alex, our good friend Dustin and I, piled into the car and went in search for a good old fashioned swimming hole.  We got a late start, due to the late night we had before (rock star husband) but woke up with a good attitude and can do spirit!

And it's a good thing too, because leaving the city is HARD! We had to deal with traffic, accidents and then closed roads when we finally got to the country.  Our final hurdle was a thunderstorm.  But we persevered, stuck it out in the car, and finally found this little piece of swimming hole heaven:



There's nothing like diving into cool water with slippery rocks that help you slide right in, to know that getting there was worth it.  We also found a hole the size of a jacuzzi with natural jets, and a natural water slide that went into a pool so deep we couldn't touch the bottom.























































































































































Oh, and we also saw a snake.


























On the way home, we stopped at a drive in diner called the Chatterbox.  We will definitely be having this adventure again.  If you're looking for an amazing swimming hole to spend the day acting like an enchanted wood sprite at, here's how you get there:


Type in your starting point to this location on Google Maps

Once you are on Rt 2001, we followed our directions from Swimmingholes.org:

Turn at the Cliff Park Inn sign on the left (east) side and follow this road until you see the symbol for the hiking trails then follow the dirt road to the parking area (Cliff Park Trailhead) where there is a map and a vault toilet (LAT,LON of parking place: lat=41.3039,lon= -74.8329(source: measured) (accuracy: exact) LINK TO GOOGLE MAP.) (Depending which direction you are coming from you may actually have to pass thru the country club parking lot before you get here.) Hike on the trail (begin on red blazed trail then take yellow blazed trail) here about 1 miles and you will see the Hackers Falls and the large pool below.

Do you enjoy a good swimming hole, readers? Or are you a beach, lake or pool person?  For me personally, I love to swim so give me some water and I'll probably be the first one in.


8 comments:

  1. I love a good swimming hole! It looks like a great one, too. I would have been terrified after seeing that snake though!

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    1. I know! I was, but Alex convinced me it was just a garter snake and I made myself believe him. I have to say though, it was oddly beautiful!

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  2. This looks like an amazing spot. I love a good swimming hole. Spending much of my childhood in the country we spent a lot of time at our own, but it's been far too long since I visited one. Checking out that swimmingholes.org link now. :)

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    1. Cool! We've tried two spots from the website now and they were both very reliable.

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  3. Deeear Sarah, I love your new blog, and I read all the entries, and I'm going to start commenting more, and this swimming hole looks really fun and makes me think that I am not doing summer justice this year!

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    1. Kristen! Yay! Thanks so much for your comment and for reading! xo

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  4. Wow! I've never been to a swimming hole before. It looks beautiful. Thanks for the website link. There's one near San Diego that we may just have to go check out.

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