As I mentioned, because of this year's floods the water at Walden Pond—our local swimming hole—is higher than usual. This picture was taken between big flooding storms; I think there's now eight inches or a foot more water in the pond than there was on that day. Apparently it isn't going away anytime soon, which means that pond use will be restricted this summer. Oh Noes! It's already too hot to live, and we were looking forward to some hardcore ponding; without the oasis of coolness so beloved of Thoreau we just might not survive the summer. Of course, it isn't closed altogether, so I'm sure we'll still manage many visits; but perhaps this year we'll have to actually call ahead rather than just piling in the car and hoping.