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Skinny dipping at 1850m (Andorra)

September 26, 2019

you have been steadily ascending a hike of the Valle del Madriu Perafita Claror for a few hours. The sun is a peach roasting slowly in azure skies. You stop for a break, rest weary feet; the hounds wade and drink. Deep in your being there is an urge to swim. You ignore it. Drink coffee. Eat cake. Still it is there – the need to feel that glacial-cold water on bare skin. You have no swimming costume or towel so strip quick and slip into a tumbling pool of frozen needles. The cold bites suddenly and you laugh out loud – whooping with the ridiculous magnificence of it all. Your voice lost in the white noise, you snap underwater; emerge with skin energised, mind clear. You will smile at this memory for days afterwards. These are the moments you write to remember: the call of a river – the reply of your heart. 

? Andy Garside ???

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  • Reply Katja October 2, 2019 at 9:55 pm

    This is beautiful – I can feel the coldness of the water tickling my skin just reading about it. xx

    • Reply Sophie McKeand October 13, 2019 at 3:34 pm

      It was a glorious dip!
      S xx
      (I tend to look at this blog on my phone and so don’t see messages, I’m so sorry for the delay in responding.)

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