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Old 03-12-2007, 02:16 PM
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Grout Pond
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Old 03-12-2007, 02:23 PM
Location: Vermont
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Well, it's not near Brattleboro, but if you make it further north (Ryegate) while living/visiting here, gotta swim in Ticklenaked Pond.
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Old 03-12-2007, 02:57 PM
Location: Vermont
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With a name like Ticklenaked Pond, I wonder what people wear when they go swimming there.
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Old 03-15-2007, 02:26 PM
Location: Midwest
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Originally Posted by arel View Post
Thank you, Dwatted Wabbit. I accessed the site and bookmarked it.
You're welcome. ^^From the looks of things, there's lots of skinnydipping going on in VT. Guess that's a state tradition?
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Old 03-19-2007, 10:09 AM
Location: Austin
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Lake Spofford, 15 minutes away on the way to Keene.
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Old 01-19-2009, 11:44 PM
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Talking Lake Whitingham

Unless things have change a whole lot in the last ten years, Lake Whitingham is actually Harriman Reservoir. Yes, you can swim in it. There are areas where you can jump from the rocks and "cliffs" into the reservoir. There are both nude and clothed swimming areas.

The reservoir is also used for sailing, canoeing, and boating. Its a very big body of water and borders the national forest in that area . . . I'm moving back to Bratt very soon. I will always call Brattleboro home.

Hope this helped!
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Old 08-19-2009, 04:32 PM
Location: Vermont
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Well, now that I have moved here, I have learned a few things.

I have visited a couple of swimming holes and didn't really like them for swimming. They are good for looking and for splashing around, but not for swimming. At least not the ones I have seen, which are on the West River, off Route 30.

A year or two ago, I visited Lake Raponda. Nice lake, but the beach is for Wilmington residents only.

I have been going to Spofford Lake regularly since the weather finally warmed up. I go to Ware's Grove (I think that's what it's called). It's right after that private camp. The beach has comfortable sand, not the annoying rocks of the swimming holes. It has lifeguards, and facilities. The lake is pretty to look at and very clean. It is well-monitored by the state of New Hampshire.

I have also discovered the Vernon pool. Wonderful pool. Clean facilities. Not crowded. But there were lots of children and adolescents there, and they required lots of limit setting.

I haven't yet seen the Brattleboro pool. I've been warned not to go there, because of crowding and cleanliness issues.

I haven't seen the Putney pool. I've heard it is small.

I haven't yet been to the Harriman Reservoir (Lake Whitingham). Just haven't made the trip yet.

I have visited the Colonial Pool in Brattleboro, and plan to join, eventually. But it's very expensive. I was shocked when I first learned the cost, and it has gone up in price since then. But if you want to swim in the winter, you need an indoor pool, and this is the only indoor place in town. Other indoor pools, further away, are the YMCA in Keene, and, I've been told, the new municipal pool in Springfield. But they are each a significant drive away. About a half hour to Keene, and about 45 minutes to Springfield.

There is also an outdoor pool at the Colonial. And the place has a couple of treadmills, a rowing machine, a stepper, and, I think, a stationary bicycle. It also has a steam room, sauna, jacuzzi and outdoor hot tub. My friend watched the New Year's eve fireworks from the outdoor hot tub. That must have been interesting. I watched the fireworks, all bundled up, and I was freezing.

There are many hotels and motels in Brattleboro, but I haven't heard anything about pools open to the public, nor about indoor pools.

So my swimming, so far, has been in Spofford Lake and in the Vernon pool.

On my agenda: Lake Whitingham, the Colonial Pool and maybe some trips elsewhere just for exploratory fun.

Live and learn.
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Old 08-20-2009, 08:36 AM
Location: on a dirt road in Waitsfield,Vermont
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When I lived in Putney we swam at Putney Falls which is about a mile down East Putney Rd off of Rt 5 about 3 miles north of the village.
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Old 08-21-2009, 12:44 AM
Location: Vermont
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I really wanbt to try the Harriman Reservoir, or at least look at it. I saw a picture of its glory hole, and the glory holes of other lakes. I want to see the reservoir's glory hole for myself.

Glory holes are terrifying to look at. They look like the stuff of nightmares.

What is a glory hole? As I just learned, it is like a big bathtub drain in a lake. It's like a circular waterfall. The water goes down a big tube and its force provides hydroelectric power. So instead of going over a dam, it goes through a tube and under the dam.

You can see glory holes by googling them and looking at photos. and/or by searching for videos on Youtube.

I read somethwere that they are called glory holes because they look like morning glories. I also suspect, though, that it refers to the next world, i.e., if you get sucked into a glory hole, you're dead.

I went to Spofford Lake again today. I originally planned to go to the Harriman Reservoir, but I had something scheduled for 3:30 and I didn't want to rush things. I could have gone swimming a second time today, in someone's backyard pond, but I decided not to. My friend swam in the pond and loved it. She did complain, though, that the bottom was squishy.

I have not yet experienced swimming in a pond.

Tomorrow is forecast to be rainy and stormy. If the forecast is correct, then, well, there will be no beach and no swimming. Even at the indoor pool in town, they make you get out of the water if it is thundering.
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Old 08-21-2009, 09:44 AM
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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IIRC, Glory holes are more of an overflow outlet than where water comes in for generators. The air bubbles would create cavitation and reduce power and damage the blades. Small farm ponds have a similar outlet, but without the curving entrance, just a pipe end that is usually above water level. Farm ponds usually have a clay or pig manure bottom. The bottom of the pond has to be sealed to keep the water in, and putting a fence around an area intended to be a pond and putting pigs in it will cause them to root around and mix the soil with their manure, eventually making a watertight seal.
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