This is a sad subject to talk about, but the truth is… we are in our last month of summer. *SNIIIIFF* As everyone knows, summer is for swimming, but as not everyone knows, we have sadly only gone swimming three times this year. The only pools we have are ponds and streams at our new farm, and one of those ponds is a mudhole while the other is usually covered in duckweed. Yay. However, we still managed to get wet and have fun!
So, in case you ever thought about going swimming in a pond or lake but simply didn’t know how to go about it, NEVER FEAR. I have gleaned much wisdom from the past three swimmings that I’m sure will come in handy. *nods gravely* XD XD XD Ahem.
We had been wondering if the pond was good for swimming practically from the beginning, and one day when the wind had blown the pond water clean(er), my family and I decided to be courageous and try it out. We picked a clean spot and squished our way in…
The shore is lined by cattails and duckweed, the water is brownish, and the bottom is, like, 6 inches of oozy mud that smells… a bit fishy. Maybe because there are fish.
Lesson 1: It might be wise to be the first one in, since after hearing other people’s opinions and seeing their expressions, you may not want to go in after all.
Since we didn’t enjoy sinking into the mud and it was pretty shallow at that spot, we went over to the dock, even though the water was less clear. (I really like this picture, by the way. 🙂 )
The dock is… heh heh, in need of repair, and also rather overgrown by weeds and scrubby trees. But hey, it held us up! We brought a ladder down to the end of the dock so we could get back up, and at last we were all ready. When I finally jumped in (after everyone else XD) the water felt wonderful! It’s like a hot tub on the top layer and a chilly pool underneath, which is kind of strange, but anyway. We were so pleased to have a “swimming pool” in our backyard!
Lesson 2: Mind over matter. You’ll probably be glad you did it later, so JUST DO IT.
The second time we went swimming, we bought more pool noodles, which greatly enhanced the experience since you could float for long periods of time without touching the bottom. 😉 In fact, the kids floated/swam all the way across the pond with our cousins, which was SUPER fun and relaxing.
Lesson 3: Use some sort of flotation device to avoid gooey floors.
Lesson 4: For ultimate relaxation, use several pool noodles as my cousin is illustrating below.
Unfortunately… that time we didn’t bring a ladder, which proved very unwise. We TRIED to pull ourselves up, since the water is a good ways below the dock and there wasn’t really anything to climb up, it didn’t work too well. XD After long minutes of vain attempts and much laughing and shouting, we were still stuck.
Finally one or two of us either found a rock by the side of the dock by which they laboriously made it up, or just waded through the thick duckweed and squishy mud and cattails to the shore (blech). Either way, Jeff came back with a ladder and the rest of us hauled ourselves out. Phew!
Lesson 5: If the pond or lake has a dock but no ladder, BRING ONE. Unless you can easily wade to shore because your pond is less gross than ours, which is entirely possible.
Lesson 6: You might want to bring a snack with which to replenish your energy. *nods*
Lastly, just the other day, our cousins were here again and we all really wanted to go swimming. Only… the pond was completely and utterly covered with a thick layer of duckweed and it had an even more unpleasant smell than usual. O.o
Buuut we decided to go anyway. Pond swimming, level 2 (or 3 or 4). Before we went in, we got a picture for posterity… only Maggie photobombed it and yikes, I did not do a good job with editing at all. O.o Sorry about that.
And then… IN WE WENT.
IT WAS GROSS. BUT WE SURVIVED. Thankfully once you got in the first time, you could kind of swish away the duckweed as you swam. Kind of. Sort of.
Carmen said, “Guys, why is it so gross? IT’S JUST PLANTS.” I guess she was right. 😛
Lesson 7: IT’S JUST PLANTS.
But still… we got green. (Picture credit to my sister Megan.)
In fact, Megan and I had a contest to see who could get the most green because hey, we were going to get duckweed everywhere anyway whether we wanted to or not. It was rather gross, so I shall spare you the full face shots… the cropped pictures are disturbing enough. XD XD
I think I won… which is why you get an even closer-up picture to compensate for the higher density of green. : XD
Lesson 8: Duckweed won’t hurt you, but it takes f o r e v e r to get out of your hair later. I had to wash my hair three times. 😀
And yeah, that’s as far as we’ve gone so far. The last time wasn’t as bad as I expected it would be, but still… I think I prefer to go swimming in blue, not green. 😛
So tell me, do you like swimming? Would you go swimming at our pond or no? Are you rolling your eyes at me because you’ve gone swimming in much grosser waters and, “sheesh, it wasn’t THAT bad, Allison”? (If so, I don’t blame you. XD) Also, what was your favorite picture?
Thanks so much for reading, dears, and have a lovely day!