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Spring in Your Step

We were fortunate enough to spend the heat of the day at a local spring — a spot where one of the underground streams in this area filters up through the depths to form a deep pool.  The shear beauty of this place cannot be caught on film, captured in words, or summed up with a sip of the water.  This is delicious water, too.  I am a water connoisseur, let me tell you.  If I only had influence, bottled water companies would be wise to pay me for such reviews.

The spring itself feeds a lovely stream which leads to a natural pool that is lined with stone and roughly the size of a football field.  After lunch, the group strayed from the pool and ended up in the ice cold waters of the spring.  With its impenetrable depths, dramatic cliff, and sparkling clear water, it made for some memorable fun.

Did I get in?  Are you kidding?  No way, man.  That water was like the melting ice of Narnia and I am not a fan of having my teeth chattering like wind-up toys.  No thank you.  I took pictures of all the crazy people and squealed like a girl when they “accidentally” splashed me.

So, (plucky thing that I am) I fled to the trail along the stream that leads away from the spring with my friend, Laura, from knitting circle.  Streams are a source of endless happiness and I love exploring the bamboo, ferns, mushrooms, and moss that grows in and around the dancing waters as it weaves through the dappled light.

Oh, and this spongy bit o’ heaven should be somehow reproduced to be in every shoe.  If I were walking around on this stuff all the time… I’d be a long jump Olympian or something.  How could I not?  By the way, I borrowed Laura’s leg for this shot for many reasons… namely because she has gee golly gorgeous ones and I secretly hoped you’d think that it belonged to me.  There.  I said it.

The trail wound down to the deep end of the natural swimming pool which was really more of a lake only with a stone bottom and sides.  Which makes it more of a pool.  My head hurts.  I don’t know what it is but it’s spring-fed and just gorgeous — particularly with my wonderful husband swimming in it.  But you already knew I would say that.

What are the nearest springs to your house?  I grew up near Seawright Springs, Hot Springs, Warm Springs, Vaucluse Springs, and countless others.  Virginia is just oozing with them.  Nearly every farmer I know has some area on their land with water bubbling up out if the limestone.  And yes… there’s even a Lacey Springs.  And don’t think I didn’t hear about it constantly.  Several of my uncles even worked as lifeguards at Seawright Springs pool, whose famed water is now bottled and sold through a publicly traded company.  The pool is no longer open but the water still flows.

And some congratulations in order from this postAnn of Velvet Lava Cafe won herself a packet of basil from Seeds of Change.  We are all very envious and would like you to grow that basil very quickly and produce a yummy savory dish for all of us to enjoy.  She also got two coupons for Earthbound Organics products.

Hmmm… and I am opening this post to questions which I will answer in tomorrow’s post.  How about that?  Ask away, my friends.

  • Lynnie - I have never been in a spring before, hot or cold! Looks LOVELY and clear and beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Julie at Elisharose - *sigh* There are no springs in my life. Looks wonderfully refreshing though.

    My question: do your dogs and fowl get along? If so, did you have to do something to foster that or did your dogs not come with the “kill all birds” gene?ReplyCancel

  • Rosa - What a gorgeous place! Dreamlike!



  • YDavis - Hi there Lacy! I’m back from my camping trip! Didn’t have time to blog about it yet, lots of work to catch up on. But soon I’ll be posting pictures from our trip.

    What a nice place you went to. You should have gotten into the water. Chicken! 😛ReplyCancel

  • Valarie Lea - That is the coolest place! We don’t have anything as cool as that around here. We do however have a Lacey’s Spring, but not a Lacey Springs. It took me forever to get it right. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Fishing Guy - Lacey: Lovely post but you should have kept the leg a mystery. Your freind could have been your body double. I remember the mountain springs of my youth but am not around any now.ReplyCancel

  • Laurie - That place looks beautiful! I wouldn’t have gotten in the water either, I hate being cold. I’m not much on bathing suits either, too self-concious.ReplyCancel

  • Marlene - Oh Lacy those pictures give one a sense of peace. I am sure we have springs up here, just not sure where. This is what Dr. Josh ordered? Lucky woman!!!!!!! Beautiful, beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Kat - I don’t think I’ve ever been to a non-hot spring. Back in NM, we had hot springs all over. I used to love going to the places that harvested (??) the water and made bath houses or spas out of them *ahhhh*

    Beautiful photos by the way. What camera are you using? We’re looking to upgrade my old point and shoot Canon (to a new Canon) for our Ireland trip. The hubs of course will be traveling with his Nikon D200, but me, I like something that fits in the purse or pocket. I’m always interested in hearing about what cameras people love and why.ReplyCancel

  • Ann - ME WON! ME WON! Oh, I LOVE IT!!!! Thank you, my dear Lacy!

    Okay, I would NOT have gotten in the water either, so I am completely with you there. I woulda hiked with ya.

    Hmmm questions….do you work outside the home, I can never quite tell – bc given what you DO at home, I can’t imagine HOW you could work outside the home as well, you know? What did you do before you met Josh? Have you always enjoyed writing to the extent you now do? :)))ReplyCancel

  • Sheri - What a beautiful area in general! Your eloquent words to go along with your gorgeous pictures always makes my day!

    Question: Who do you think has influenced you most in life, from goals to dreams?ReplyCancel

  • CrossView - It looks so inviting! Except for the cold part. =/

    We have underground springs all around us. Or is that all under us? Either way, none to swim in. But hey! At least we don’t have a water bill??!!ReplyCancel

  • tipper - Lacy your pictures are amazing! Growing up our gravity water was fed from a spring up the mountain from where we lived. But it was mostly below ground-so no clear refreshing pool like you’ve share with us.

    Ann asked all my questions for me!ReplyCancel

  • gingela5 - So, so pretty! I would have probably wussed out too! Although I would have been tempted because it is so pretty.ReplyCancel

  • YDavis - Just wanted to let you know that I posted some pictures from our camping trip.ReplyCancel

  • Linda Sue - No lovely springs a sparkling around here – even most of the lakes are actually man made. Beautiful pictures and obviously fun – I join you in the NO COLD WATER thing – I just cannot imagine willingly getting in cold water – brrrrrrr.
    Yes about dogs and birds- one reason we gave up guineas was our big dog at the time (Rhodesian Ridgeback) delighted in killing them – absolutely enjoyed it despite a shock collar and electric fence between her and the coop!ReplyCancel

  • Barb - How serene it looks! I’d even like it there on a rainy day!
    (I’m with you….Brrrrr and no way to icy waters!)

  • Applie - Beautiful spot! We have several of them down here, too. Yep, the water is cold!ReplyCancel

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