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Lost Pond

Addi’s new job has him working weekends, so I’ve been tapping into my limited resource of ‘outdoorsy’ friends for weekend excursions. Unfortunately, not everyone’s idea of a good time is to spend an hour hiking to get to a location in order to spend a couple of hours swimming in the ocean. Lucky for me, I have a few friends who very much enjoy that sort of thing. If it wasn’t for them, all hiking and snorkeling would be suspended until Addi was once again free on weekends.
The last time I went to Lost Pond was almost 15 years ago during one of those skip-school days. I don’t remember a lot about it, only that I was miserable because I was eaten alive by mosquitos. By the way, you only have to be eaten alive by mosquitos once in order to have it burned in your consciousness to carry a can of OFF! whenever you venture out into the jungle. This time I was prepared.
Lost Pond is super easy to get to. Your mom could totally hike it. Dave’s book rates the hike as ‘Medium’ and I say it’s an easy with a couple of easy-medium parts. There is some walking in water (coastline hiking) and a little bit of climbing over rocks (wear good shoes because they are super sharp), but other than that it’s a nice long walk over two stretches of white sandy paradise beaches (not including Tanguisson). The hardest part about this hike is actually finding the trail that goes from the beach to the pond. It’s basically a gap in the jungle about halfway down the second beach, and you could easily miss it because there are several gaps to choose from. I wonder if that’s why it’s called ‘Lost Pond’. That would make sense.

The pond is pretty and is a nice size for swimming. I didn’t swim because I’m uh…….well…….I’m kinda afraid of swimming in murky water. Swimming with sharks? No problem. But I remember the episode of Creepshow called ‘The Raft’ and I’m still spooked. So I don’t do the pond swimming thing. The rope swing is gone, which was a bummer because I was looking forward to watching Roel and Julie take the plunge.

0619063.jpgWe snorkeled the reef right outside the trail to the Lost Pond and the water was perfect. A little bit of current, but I needed the exercise anyway. There was a lot of color in the reef and a nice variety of fish to see. My friends spent some time treading water and laughing at me as I worked on my ability to dive down and touch the ocean floor. Sadly, all I’m still able to do is hover upside down until I run out of breath and come up gasping for air. It’s kinda hilarious to watch.
At the end of the day it was so hard to leave. I can’t even begin to describe how ridiculously beautiful it was. So beautiful it could break your heart.

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6 Responses

  1. Michelle says:

    I love outdoorsy things too but also have a hard time finding outdoorsy friends … and am too shy (and too lazy to wake up early) to go on those DPR Boonie Stomps.
    But I’ve marked Saturday as “Josie Day!” Is it still 1000 Steps?

  2. donna says:

    i’ve always wanted to go there…
    at the same time, i don’t because that’s where our car got broken into!! 🙁

  3. Josie says:

    Yes, Michelle, see you Saturday for 1K Steps! 🙂
    Donna, I was afraid about the same thing because I’ve heard a lot of stories about cars being vandalized there. I think the safest thing to do is park your car in the Tanguisson beach parking lot where everyone else is parked. Don’t park along the road that cuts through the jungle towards Lost Pond.

  4. Patti says:

    I’m with you ~ I don’t do ponds. It looks like a great hike though and I can’t wait to check it out! And your photos, as always, are fantastic.

  5. trench says:

    Great place to catch guppies for feeder fish!

  6. donna says:

    that’s exactly where my hubby parked our car! along the jungle! it was such a horrible experience and very discouraging to go back. well, thanks for the tip.

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