I don’t know what it is about water but is super relaxing to me. However, I have some rules. I don’t get into ANY body of water unless I can see the bottom. So, this means crystal clear water. [I feel you rolling your eyes at me]
This comes from a close encounter, not once but twice in the ocean. Once, something started nibbling at my leg, it wasn’t a bite but I wasn’t about to let it go that far. I believe I walked on water that day.
Second, while visiting a West Coast Florida beach, my cousin and I had just come in from the ocean, and not even 2 feet from us, there was a commotion in the water, a SHARK. It was a baby shark but that means MAMA shark isn’t that far away.
So, that leaves me with pools. That’s my safest option and I can see the bottom. Did you know that you can rent pools right here in Alabama? I just found out about this. So, if you are a water lover like me and don’t have access to a pool. You can rent from Swimply.
Welcome to Oasis at Keens Mill in Cottondale, Alabama
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