This weekend was hot with a capital H. We asked for it, right? Yesterday Coraline and I went for a swim in Sepasco Lake, which is right outside Rhinebeck. After doing an indecisive dance on the dock for 10 minutes I finally dove in, only to quickly scramble for a float so as not to make contact with any seaweed and also to avoid being eaten by any sea creatures (which I irrationally suspect dwell in the center of the lake). Coraline watched all of this from her perch on the dock’s seaweed-covered ladder, her legs practically hanging underneath the dock where smaller sea creatures may or may not live. “Mama, what’s a sea creature?” she asked. “It’s a creature that lives in the sea, like an octopus or a squid or a whale.” She looked at me quizzically and then dropped some knowledge: “But Mama, this is a lake.” Translation: Mama, you’re a giant wuss. She’s smart.
Last year we joined a town pool, but this year finances are more than a little tight, so I’m going to have to figure out another way to get in our summer swimming. At the lake, I was reminded of how many amazing non-chlorinated places there are to swim in the Valley, and my persistent distrust of bodies of water where you can’t see the bottom inspires me to get Coraline in as many of them as possible (so that she doesn’t grow up to be a wuss like me). If you’re looking for a cheaper way to swim this summer, or just prefer lakes to pools, here’s a list of various places across the Valley with (legal) public access.
Lake Taghkanic State Park, Ancram