What would summer be without swimming? On those hot days when the air sits heavy and motionless and the pool is cloudy with other people's sunscreen there's nothing better than, what my kids call, "Nature's Swimming Pool."
"Didn't you go to any swimming holes when you were growing up?" I used to ask my husband. "There must be some undiscovered private places around here somewhere."
He was quick to remind me, that while NYC has lots of amazing things going for it, undiscovered swimming holes an hour's drive from the city aren't on that list. As a kid, he spent time going to the beach and hanging out at the pool. I spent time riding my bike five miles up a country road and playing at a place not unlike this one.
It was a place where you could jump from the top of the waterfall and your feet would just barely touch the bottom.
Last week I decided my kids needed a little swimming hole magic in their lives. I packed the car with kids, friends and food and drove an hour out of the city to this place.
Like the swimming holes of my youth there was a waterfall that had carved a pool deep enough to allow for jumping from fifteen feet above. Child #1 eyed it. "No," I said before she could even ask.
The water was so cold it took your breath away for a moment.
But the day was hot and so one-by-one we all dove in. A ledge of stone where the water was only two feet deep made the perfect entry point. The shore was lined with enormous rocks where we sat in the sun while the kids paddled around and tried to spot fish swimming beneath them in the crystal clear water.
It's true that Portland lacks many of the things that NYC has to offer. But in the summer when I can drive here
and still be back in time for dinner, I don't miss them at all.