Cold river bath.

@xFiacre (10117)
Ireland
August 12, 2017 3:44pm CST
I climbed up into the hills today, the same hills I used to camp out in many years ago, sometimes with friends and sometimes not. It wasn't camping with a tent of course, just finding somewhere sheltered and then lying there till morning looking through the trees at the stars, confident in the vague hope that there were probably no strange characters wandering about. In the morning, stiff and sore from lying on the hard ground, the best remedy for the aches and pains was to jump into the freezing cold water of the Shimna river and stay there as long as possible and hope no-one was about to run off with my clothes. I've never felt so clean. Breakfast was fruit and the promise of coffee when I got back down out of the forest into Newcastle. I thought today of suggesting reliving that part of my youth to my wife and then thought better of it.
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@JudyEv (91862)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Aug
I can't imagine how you wouldn't have frozen your .... Well, got very cold!
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@xFiacre (10117)
• Ireland
13 Aug
@judyev A somewhat shrivelling experience.
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@mandala100 (24137)
• Hong Kong
12 Aug
@xFiacre That's a very good way of refreshing oneself: physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.
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@JohnRoberts (36061)
• Los Angeles, California
12 Aug
The shock of the cold water would certainly wake you up.
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12 Aug
I have never jumped into a freezing cold body of water. I have lived a life of non-adventure. *sigh*
@xFiacre (10117)
• Ireland
13 Aug
@poppylicious Oh the joys of a fresh mountain stream!
@LadyDuck (113152)
• Switzerland
13 Aug
I never went camping and I never tried the *joy* of a cold bath in a mountain river. There is one running along our garden, I will put one finger inside.
• Lakewood, Colorado
12 Aug
I am a freezing water woman, the colder the better.
@toniganzon (38631)
• Philippines
12 Aug
You just made me so jealous. I've always dreamed of going to such a place alone or with friends and just jump into the water with no care in the world. And stay there for as long as I can.
@Platespinner (17586)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
12 Aug
I understand why your wife might not enjoy that sort of thing. I enjoy camping out but only with a cot or an air mattress between my bones and the ground.
@snowy22315 (31261)
• United States
12 Aug
lovely picture!