Boy it seems a little early for this silliness. 100 degree weather that is and still three weeks to go until it is officially summer! What is a brother to do? Well my brood saddled up the minivan and drove to the piney wilds of Oglethorpe county and down a dirt road and under a cable gate and over a red clay track to get here-an abandoned granite quarry. I know around here these are prime swimming holes with deep, cool, spring fed water. But who knows what secrets those green depths hold? These are better than a river and shoals I say. Look at those broad long shallow steps to lounge on and then the green ledge to drop off. A cool soothing plunge.
Theses huge jumbles of granite slabs abound all over this property. It is hard to believe that something that seems to have so much value would be left in piles deep in the woods. This pile was easily 15 feet tall and certainly was not the largest but it was close and meant I spent the minimum time out of the water.
Not sure if I could capture or describe the shimmer the heat put up yesterday. The granite deck around this quarry seemed to cast up reflected sun rays so as brighten everything from below.
Have been fortunate to go to a couple of quarries and a pond this year already - have yet to brave the chlorinated cement ponds in town. In fact I spent a good Saturday bobbing in Lake Mawaje in a life jacket, aimlessly drifting around the dock, kicking just enough to get out of the occasional upswell of cold bottom water. That was a day. Don't look for Mawaje on a map. It exist somewhere between Sparta, Jewell, Warrenton, Mayfield and my imagination. It can't be found. Hope to make it to Lake Sequoyah this weekend. Cool mountain water, rope swings and a diving tower. May fish a little too if it isn't too much work.