Growing up in Vermont and Michigan, swimming pools were not my childhood summer playground – rather Lake Champlain and The Great Lakes were the waters I found relief from humidity in. I remember a dip in Lake Superior so cold that even with temperatures causing heat waves to rise from the pavement, it felt like automatic hypothermia set in. What I remember most about the lakes I grew up swimming in is that clean as they were for freshwater – I could never see the bottom, never know a fish was approaching till I felt something slimy brush my leg and I never wanted to learn to snorkel because what was there to see? However, we love what we know. So I did love Champlain and I still have a fondness in my heart for The Great Lakes.
The problem is, I can’t enjoy swimming in them anymore.
Not, after this:
I blame the Bahamas for making me a sissy. After you’ve jetted across turquoise waters in a speed boat, swam in the waters off your own private island, received a kiss from a dolpin and snorkeled while fish swarm around you like larger, more colorful bubbles; well, you’re ruined for lake waters!
I’m apparently, very gullible and easily swayed.
Tell me, would you be any different? Would you not also prefer this warm, turquoise water over cold, brown depths?
I did experience the Bahamas courtesy of the Ministry of Tourism however I was not compensated for a favorable review. These views and opinions are strictly my own. (You can ask my mother, I know she’s ashamed of my lack of a desire to swim in the lakes she raised me in!)
Yep. I’d blame them too. 😉
Ha! Thanks for your agreement! I’m actually REALLY curious to discover if there are people who prefer lakes. Sadly, I’ll never be able to go back and that’s what travel can do – it really changes you in small and large ways.
Wow, absolutely incredible images! I am Greek and I tell people I am pretty spoiled when it comes to swimming and beaches, but I have to agree that the Caribbean is tough to compete with as well. I did not know you grew up in Vermont, btw – between the foliage and the maple syrup, I want to retire there. Already.
Thanks Roxanne! I’ve always imagined the waters in Greece to be amazing as well. I hope one day I will get to see for myself. | Vermont is incredible, dark waters aside, the natural beauty is just breathtaking! It will always be home.
Yes, clear warm tropical waters certainly have a way of wussifying my swimming requirements. I can’t see myself swimming in Southern Australian waters again after being Caribbean waters 🙂
That’s so interesting James! It’s certainly a negative side-effect of travel, that what we see can unfairly bias us against what we know. Still, I’m not sorry that I know the Bahamas. It was quite a pleasant place to get to know!
I’ve been traveling the world all year and I’ve yet to find beaches that come close to The Bahamas. Not Fiji, not Hawaii, not Greece – though I loved them all – none compare!
Interesting to know Angelene! I thought it was just me – apparently the Bahamas really are that special 🙂
I am in love with the anchor in the sand photo! Prints for sale?
Thanks Katrina! Along with my other 1 million things on the ToDo list is arranging a good service to sell prints. I currently use http://vip.instaproofs.com/enterEvent.php?id=202348 The anchor image could absolutely be sold. If you are serious, email me and I can arrange to get a print made and shipped to you now!
Kalik should be scooping up that picture of their bottle in the sand and plastering it on billboards all over the world! great pics 🙂
You’re very sweet Ethan! I wish Kalik would 😉