“Take me to the river. Drop me in the water.” Ah, the classic Talking Heads song brings to mind memories of the old swimming hole on a hot summer’s day. “Washing me down, washing me down.”

The “old swimming hole” for my formative years changed with our residence. First, a pond on a farm in central Illinois, then a move to Florida offered a backyard pool and the Atlantic Ocean. Still later came the frigid springs and spring-fed rivers of northern Florida (complete with cable swing and inner tubes). Taking advantage of any of these involved anything from a short walk to a lengthy hike or drive. But upon arrival, oh, the places we’d swim!

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