First of all, you must promise not to tell anyone. Otherwise perfectly good people might think I am polluting one of the cleanest lakes in these parts. Nothing could be further from the truth, assuming one is using Dr. Bronner’s organic soap, of course. ‘Lake bathing’ is akin to ‘forest bathing’, a Buddhist concept of Japanese origin, meaning a short walk in deep, old woods in order to cleanse both the body and the spirit. Lake bathing in Lake Jocassee, with its cold, clean, soft water serves the same purpose. Just a short dip and one’s spirt and body are refreshed and renewed. One must find a place of privacy to practice this mediation, of course. Early mornings at the remote ramp often are entirely empty of us humans, as are hidden, backwater coves along the lake shore during the day. I suggest stealing aboard a bottle of Dr. Bronner’s anytime you get a chance to be on the lake. And if you have a sweet dog to bathe with, well then that’s all for the better.~B
Bloom Report. Rosebay rhododendrons and silverleaf hydrangeas are now in full bloom. They look like beacons of light in the deep, dark shade.