After pandering to mediocrity yesterday and not catching any dinner, today we set up a new objective. The weather was too hot to catch fish (always an excuse), so we decided to swim with them instead. Our aim was to find a beautiful wild swimming spot, ideally somewhere you could dive into.
We set off along the rock laden river bank moving swiftly when something happened which I’m not entirely sure I should explain. We were moving like ninjas, somewhere between a light jog and a run, effortlessly bounding over rocks, roots and water. One of us was humming the Lord of the Rings sound track and so “prancing” was born.
Verb – to move like an elf or dwarf, covering large distances swiftly whilst looking rugged and singing the LOTR sound track at full volume (definitely scared the fish away by now).
Anyway we pranced for about 47 seconds before we became aware of how absurd we looked and continued the rest of the way imagining we were in LOTR and never mentioning prancing again. Anyway we marched for a ages. Occasionally jumping into the river’s rapids to cool down and have some fun, but still we hadn’t found any really deep water.
Given it had been so hot for a few weeks the water level was lower than normal so it was doubtful we’d find anywhere deep enough to dive. But Dave assured me he knew of a place that “would be quite fun”.
This turned out to be the mother of all under statements as he took me to a rocky outcrop that over looked the river. Never has the term over-achiever been more justified than when speaking about Dave. What an incredible find! An old ladder attached to the rock face took us down to an outcrop flanked by a cliff. Ahead of me were rapids and immediately below was a deep plunge pool. We did what any man would do and bombed into the water (let’s not forget that safety never takes a holiday and you shouldn’t bomb into water unless you know how deep it is and Dave knew because he’s a powerful beast).
The pool was deep enough that we couldn’t touch the bottom and there was only the gentlest of currents. It was paradise.