I kind of love Pleasant Pond. It is cool (high 60’s right now, unseasonable warm!), clear, spring-fed pond that is only about 3 miles from my house.
|My local pool, Pleasant Pond…home of the dock intervals.|
I have been swimming here instead of Wyman Lake (my other local pool) because I do 99% of my open water swimming alone, and Pleasant Pond is much more safe because there are less motor boats and jet skis, and although it is a deep pond, it is pretty shallow for about 10 feet off of shore.
Plus, I can see the bottom and don’t have to worry about lake monsters getting me. This isn’t a problem for me if I swim with someone, but the lake monsters are most likely to attack a lone swimmer. That is what the voices in my head tell me.
All irrational fears aside, I love swimming in this pond, you get great practice sighting and it is crystal clear.
Not many people get to swim with loons on a daily basis, so I am pretty darn lucky. Sometime when I have a waterproof camera I will get an awesome shot of a loon really close, but until then, I have another wildlife shot for ya:
|Hello Hirudo medicinalis, latin for big F-ing leech.|
Yeah, I see these guys once in a while (every time I swim I see one, always in about 2-3 ft of water). The 12 year old boy in me surfaced when I saw this one, I started poking (provoking) at this guy with my foot to see what would happen. I either am not the right blood type, eat too much garlic, or he was full, because this guy just wasn’t interested.
So I came to the conclusion that if I just keep moving, they probably won’t get on me. I haven’t gotten one on me yet. I really hope I don’t, because for all of this tough smack talk I will completely freak out if I come out of the water with one of these hanging off of me. Ugh.