The first rule of Swimming Hole is: you do not talk about Swimming Hole (Stillwater Diary)

Swimming Hole, Stone Ridge, NY, 9/15

Swimming Hole, Stone Ridge, NY, 9/15

Over the Groverkill and through the woods, the hidden swimming hole is all but inaccessible from elsewhere for human animals. But not for the eagles, a great blue heron, ducks, toads, frogs and the cobalt and robin’s egg blue darning needles that land on my outstretched arms.

There are sycamores on the west and east banks, some established, with partially-exposed extravagant roots, and some small (sycalesses), trying to stake out their territory between the rocks. And so many of the rocks, seemingly solid, break down with hardly a smash into what in the driveway is called item #4.

Hot early September, summer is still resolute, but the clear water that flows to this secret spot (rather than to the tap in NYC), is shockingly cold (unless you’re a Labrador) after Sunday’s storms.

Swimming Hole, Stone Ridge, NY, 9/15

Swimming Hole, Stone Ridge, NY, 9/15

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6 Responses to The first rule of Swimming Hole is: you do not talk about Swimming Hole (Stillwater Diary)

  1. Priscilla Derven says:

    Really beautiful, dear Robin: I just love it! Sycamores and lesses sounds like a joke you and your sister would have on a car trip with your father. Love, me

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    • Dear Priscilla,

      Thank you so much. I’m always really happy when you like a post.

      My family thought it was fun/funny to play with words. As did my best friend Abby (who became a book editor) and her family, inspired by her mother, who was well-aware of the importance of correctly placed commas and of being carful around homonyms.

      She told us that as a kid she thought the title of a common hymn (“Gladly the cross I’d bear”) referred to a large mammal with eye problems.

      When Abby and I went sailing in Long Island Sound with Phil (her father) her reply to his “ready, about” was always “hardly.”

      Hope to see you soon.

      love,
      me

  2. hankypaws says:

    Every one of the Swimming Hole’s photographs are out of this world, but you broke the first rule of Swimming Hole. Guess the boys must swim until one can’t any longer…wait that will never happen. I think the Pickerel must be Brad Pitt, he’s so good-looking.

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