It was hot yesterday, so I left work 15 minutes early, went home and put on my bathing suit, grabbed my gear, and sat in rush hour traffic for a bit in order to get to Walden Pond to cool off. Alas, there was no swimming due to a high bacteria count. We're expecting very hot weather for a couple of days, but I don't imagine anyone will be able to cool off here. There were a few intrepid swimmers practicing a little civil disobedience in some of the farther reaches of the pond, away from the official beach, and the bacteria counts might be lower out there, but still a bit daunting.
I found a shady spot and read my book for awhile, then went for a walk around the pond before returning home. When I bought my parking pass a couple of weeks ago, I was thinking of the days after work last summer when I'd stop in at Walden after leaving work at 4:30, cool off with a swim, and read awhile before heading home. It broke up my long commute and refreshed me after a long day of work. I was planning to change my hours at work for the rest of this summer so that I'd leave at 4:30 again and go to Walden after work. Now I'm wondering if that's going to be possible. I had one nice visit here two weeks ago, then it was closed last Sunday due to crowds and closed to swimming last night. Sigh.