Diving into the Blue Hole

As the temperatures cool off (somewhat) and summer comes to a close, some people are excited for sweater weather and pumpkin spice lattes. I, however, found myself desperately trying to hold onto the summer vibes. As my internship ended and I accepted a new position in Santa Fe, I was once again on the move. As I reflected on the season, I realized I had barely put a dent in my summer 2018 bucket list.

I loved being back in Denver, exploring the world of magazine publishing at 5280 Magazine and furthering my professional connections. However, building those professional connections allowed for little time to play and enjoy the summer sun.

I decided the best way to hold onto summer, for just a little longer, was to cross something off of the bucket list. So I drove two hours to take a dip in the Blue Hole—one of New Mexico’s most popular swimming and diving destinations. At 81-feet deep and roughly 60 degrees Fahrenheit, the water is a brilliant, freezing blue. Jumping into the Blue Hole had been on my bucket list for months and I was beyond excited to dive in. After a wrong turn and a two hour drive later, I was climbing the staircase to the jumping off point. With each step, my fear of heights intensified. I took deep shaky breaths in an effort to calm down before finally leaping off the edge and plunging into the chilly water. The enveloping cold was a shock but the water was oddly heavenly. I let myself float for the first time all summer. A fallen leaf on the surface of the water.

Floating in the frosty water of Blue Hole.
Floating in the frosty waters of Blue Hole.

No summer adventure would be complete without a trip to the lake. After two months, I reconnected with my paddle board and it felt oh-so-good to practice yoga on the water. Not pictured below is my first attempt at mermaid pose where I tipped the board and fell into the lake, face first.

Mermaid pose on the paddleboard.
Mermaid pose on the paddleboard.
Full splits on the paddleboard.
Downward facing dog on the paddleboard.

I couldn’t have been happier with my last adventure of the summer. I held onto summer just long enough to get some much-needed float time.

Floating on a paddleboard on Santa Rosa Lake.

Until next time,

Leah Pinkus


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