About twenty minutes walk from home there is marvellous rock pool just perfect for swimming. You have to pick the time of the tide, not too high or the waves will wash you out, not too low or there may not be water depth enough to swim.
This scrumptious haven snuggles into the rocks on the western side of Honeymoon Beach, and is reached either by a treacherous descent from cliffs above, or a hazardous walk over very sharp and uneven rocks from the beach. However we have been doing it for years, so nothing deters us!
Ocean swells move through an opening and roll in great lumps through the pool, pouring out to the east, rejoining the sea as it retreats after each wave. In a high swell I have to be careful not to get too close to that side, or I might wooosh out with the water, and those rocks look a bit dangerous. Ideally the incoming swell provides a force to swim against, holding the swimmer in position, until the retreat, when one can float casually and kick lazily back towards the shallow end. All lots of good fun, and wonderful exercise.
This afternoon the swell and the tide was higher than the photos show; we were treated to all the thrills of a waterslide park, managed to swim a little too … then climbed out feeling very refreshed. Do you have a favourite natural place to swim?