SWIM

photo Shayne Laverdiere

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Less than 4 days left until the official start of Summer

Are you in the swim yet??

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Have you noticed that bathing caps are feeling very au courant ?

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Alex Katz

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Every once and a while I hear of something new or, in this case, something old feeling very new again and think

Genius! WHY didn’t I think of that?!

Exactly my thought when I first read about the “AquaLilies”

“Aqualillies is America’s hottest water ballet entertainment company, reinventing the classic art form for the new millennium.”

“Our goal is to inspire people with beauty, grace, and spectacle, bringing to life the magic of the universe through synchronized swimming and dance.”

Check them out here;

AquaLilies video 

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Aqualillies

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Deirdre

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Alysha

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The Aqualillies have even received the stamp of approval from the original Queen of  Water Nymphs herself,

Esther Williams  (now 91)

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Esther Williams

Who didn’t love to watch these movies on a rainy Saturday afternoon ??

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The Aqua Lillies in action

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Picasso’s “The Bathers” (1918)

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A fun summer read

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The shade any self respecting mermaid will be wearing in the pool this summer

Dior’s “St. Tropez”

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A Lily in action

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True Confessions; 

I can’t dive. Never learned. Never will.

Just thinking about it sets my nasal passages afire.

But just in case you’re more aquatically inclined than moi (which would pretty much be any and all of you)

the Aqualillies are holding auditions as well as classes right now.

What are you waiting for?

 Hurry up and get your swim on!

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Sweet Summer Memories

.Rafting, Salmon River, IdahoSlim Paley

Middle Fork of the Salmon River, Idaho

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I‘m baaaack

and keeping Summer Hours

as you may have noticed  :)

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Salmon River , IdahoSlim Paley photo

But I’m all in one piece,

and had the most brilliant time

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Osa Johnson book

My Survival Kit remains sealed

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Slim Paley photo

We traveled over the majestic Sawtooth Mountains into Idaho’s River of No Return Wilderness area.

 At one point (by land, not water) we actually crossed the spot where Lewis & Clark decided to turn back.

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Ya, we did.

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Rafting in IdahoSlim Paley Photo

The Middle Fork of the Salmon River has many moods…

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.on the river in IdahoSlim Paley photo

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Salmon River, IdahoSlim Paley

All equally beautiful

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Summer in IdahoSlim Paley Photo

River’s edge in Idaho is no slouch either

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River camping in IdahoSlim Paley photo

Our camp in the middle of paradise

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Snakes were wrestled

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roasted marshmallows

Giant marshmallows  slaughtered

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waterfallsSlim Paley photo

Waterfalls conquered.

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one pot cornbreadSlim Paley Photo

Ahhnd… then we ate cake :)

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orange berriesSlim Paley photo

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.white mothSlim Paley Photo

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wooden outhouseSlim Paley photo

We definitely communed with Nature,

however I’ll spare you “Le Groover Chronicles”

Suffice it to say that old friendships were cemented and new ones quickly forged.

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.hermit's shackSlim Paley photo

One day we came upon the deserted lodgings of an infamous Middle Fork River hermit.  With only a dog for company, he lived in this 8 X 8 structure for over 35 years, traveling to town just once a year for not much more than bullets, flour and salt.

 I really couldn’t have imagined we had anything in common…

until I heard he also hoarded  magazines.

Of course he used his to pack the spaces between the logs of his house as he had an extreme aversion to rats.

Odd lifestyle choice, considering.

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Hiking the river, IdahoSlim Paley

Speaking of packing… all in all I think I did pretty well- though in retrospect 4 hats and 3 books may have been a wee bit excessive.

A decent sized mirror would have been a much better choice.

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Slim Paley

Party over :(

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.Great portable campaign chair

.I live to glamp another day.

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Oh, PS.

I just realized this is my 301st post!

That means I’ve been blogging for just over two years now.

What a wonderful Blogmance it’s been- who could have predicted it would last this long?

  Thank you so very much for all the memories and for never cheating on me…

Uh…We have been faithful, haven’t we??!

xxx

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PPS.  For the most incredible rafting adventure you could ever wish for please visit:

 Far & Away Adventures

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