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Is there a pond out there calling you to cool off?  Brian Mann in Bone Pond. Photo: Brian Mann
Is there a pond out there calling you to cool off? Brian Mann in Bone Pond. Photo: Brian Mann

Adirondack Summer 101: Pond swimming!

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We've had wet weather this summer and we've had hot, muggy weather. Our Adirondack reporter, Brian Mann, decided to mix the two by taking a mid-day pond swim in the back country. He sent this quick postcard from Bone Pond, near Tupper Lake.

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Brian Mann
Adirondack Bureau Chief

One of the things I absolutely love about the Adirondacks is the sneak-away time when you can fit in an outing on your lunch hour.  On this day, I'm on a quick hike into Bone Pond, not far from Tupper Lake.

I'm hiking through some very buggy woods, but  my goal today is to grab a quick pond swim before I head back to my desk.

A reality check:  It is truly buggy out here.  Whenever I stop to catch my breath or to listen to birds, a cloud of mosquitos and black flies gathers.  It's that time of year, hot and buggy and muggy.

Bone Pond in the Adirondack back country offers a quick, wet getaway.  Photo: Brian Mann
Bone Pond in the Adirondack back country offers a quick, wet getaway. Photo: Brian Mann
But the payoff is huge.  The forest is lush and green.  With all the rain, everything feels plumped up and that includes the bugs but also the birds are just thrumming.  It's like walking through a big music box.

There are a lot of sacred North Country traditions, but in summer there's nothing more important to local culture than mountain pond swimming.  There are just so many gems to plunge into.

On this day, it's Bone Pond, a remote, gorgeous little spot.  I have the place to myself, with just a loon on the far shore to share the cold, still water.

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