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Cool Off with the Best US Swimming Holes

Grab your swimsuit, pack a towel and don’t forget your friends and family and let’s get wet!

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Summer is just around the corner and with rising temperatures it’s time to find some places to cool off. Unfortunately not everyone lives close to an ocean, so some of us have to find alternative swimming holes. Grab your swimsuit, pack a towel and don’t forget your friends and family and let’s get wet! We found the best swimming holes around the country so you can cool down in style.

  

The Homestead Caldera, UT

Locals refer to this as the Crater and it’s an amazing swimming hole that is literally a hole. In Midway, Utah sits a naturally heated spring inside a huge hole in the ground that was created by mineral deposits. Now it’s a commercial swimming hole that is open all-year-round. Scuba divers use this as a training place, but everyone can use it to cool down in the hot summer months. The 10,000-year-old crater is easily the most unique swimming hole on this list.

  

Bridal Veil Falls, GA

Come to Georgia for a 45 ft waterfall and a really cool place to chill out. People slide down the granite rock face in a natural waterslide that will leave a huge smile on your face. Locals love this place and it’s free, so swim on my friends. This place is wonderful and located in a State park.

 

Barton Springs, TX

Located just outside of downtown Austin, TX; Barton Springs has long been the cooling off spot for young University of Texas students. That is one of the draws to this swimming hole, the abnormally high amount of young, attractive college students. Only costing $7, Barton Springs is a great way to cool off in the heart of Austin. If you’re lucky, the waterfall will be flowing from the 1,000 ft wide limestone cliff.

 

White Rock Park, IN

Come for the cliff diving and stay for the chill vibes. With steep cliffs surrounding the water, there are plenty of places to jump. You’ll find the swimming hole is packed on the weekends but there is still plenty of space to spread out. Check out the floating barges where you can catch some rays and slip right into the water.

 

Enfield Falls, NY

A really cool collection of waterfalls located just outside of Ithaca, New York will take your breath away. These natural beauties are easily accessible from Ithaca and only a few hour drive from New York City. You’ll find some amazing hikes circle around the falls and give numerous views to take in. The water is chilly and great at cooling you off after a hard hike.

 

Queen’s Bath, HI

Located on the island of Kauai in Hawaii and known to have healing powers, Queen’s Bath is naturally formed pocket of lava rock that creates a swimmable pool. Visitors have to hike over lava fields and tough terrain to reach the beautiful pool but it’s well worth the trouble. Once there you’ll find a remote pool on the edge of the Pacific Ocean, warmed by the sun and oh so inviting.

 

Sliding Rock, NC

Located outside of Asheville North Carolina, is Sliding Rock, a natural water slide that keeps tourists and locals coming back every summer. The 60-foot water slide is the king of all swimming holes and a perfect way to cool out while having some fun.

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The Viral Photo Of This Rescued Baby Will Melt Your Heart

This police officer worked hard to have this baby rescued but it was all worth it once he was hit with the adorable baby’s beaming smile.

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There is nothing better than a smiling baby. Everyone starts smiling once they see a baby smile. They are still learning how to control their muscles and figuring out the entire world, so when a smile washes over their face then it must be worth it. A policeman was recently the recipient of a much-deserved baby smile and it left him absolutely rocked. This police officer worked hard to have this baby rescued but it was all worth it once he was hit with the adorable baby’s beaming smile.

 

A mother had the unthinkable happen, she lost her child. She laid down to go to sleep on the pavement in Hyderabad, the capital of the southern India’s Telangana state. Quickly, the mother fell asleep with her 4-month old child next to her. She woke up at 4 a.m. to her worst nightmare, her baby was gone. Faizan Khan was the name of her child and he was nowhere to be found. This mom was now on a desperate search for her beautiful baby.
The mom searched high and low for Faizan but ended up getting nowhere. Eventually, she had to go to the Hyderabad City Police for help. The police jumped into the search and were quickly able to find the poor baby and even arrest the alleged kidnapper’s thanks to the help of some CCTV footage.

 


The men they arrested were supposedly going to sell Faizan to a man who wanted a baby for his relative to adopt. The man looking for a baby, named Mohammed Ghouse, was excited to finally find a child for his family member to adopt but was told that the two kidnappers would go about obtaining a baby legally. They decided not to do it the right way and went to the street in search of a baby they could steal. In their search, they found a mother who was asleep next to her child and snapped up the baby and ran off.
After the men brought the baby to Mohammed Ghouse’s house he knew something was wrong. Gouse immediately could tell that this baby was not attained legally and told the two men, 42-year-old Mohammed Mustaq and 25-year-old Mohammed Yousuf, to bring the baby back to wherever they had found it in the first place.

 

Shortly thereafter the cops rescued the baby and arrested these two men. The baby had been rescued and the police, as well as the mother, were ecstatic. The baby was still pretty traumatized from the scary adventure it had been on and was crying its eyes out, even handing the baby to his mom didn’t stop him from crying. That is when the police inspector decided that he would take the baby into his arms. He is the one that cracked the case and I guess the baby knew that. Once the baby was laid in Inspector Sanjay Kumar’s arms the baby stopped crying and started beaming.
The picture ended up going viral and has been shared and liked all over the internet thousands of times. Great work Sanjay, you truly are a hero.

 

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A Quiet Bethlehem This 2020 Christmas Celebration

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Sans the influx of tourists in the historical birthplace of Christ, a quiet Bethlehem community gets to experience a renewal in faith over a boom in business.

Prior to the pandemic, the Palestinian city located in occupied West Bank was always filled with visiting tourists who wanted to experience walking in the land of Jesus Christ’s official birthplace. In the past, those who wanted to visit the Church of the Nativity were forced to maneuver through the crowds teeming the streets of Bethlehem. This year, however, a quiet Bethlehem becomes largely part of the massive lockdown and quarantine restrictions imposed to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Nevertheless, the absence of tourists is an opportunity for renewal, says Father Rami Asakrieh, the parish priest of Bethlehem. “Sometimes there are more than half million people who arrive in this period to visit the Nativity Church,” he recounts.

During the days leading to Christmas, however, the Church of the Nativity has been so silent, devoid of the yearly visiting faithful who traditionally visited Bethlehem from all over the world. A quiet Bethlehem, then, is a new thing for the community as locals are used to the noisy throng of commuters and visitors who annually arrived during the holiday season.

Armenian prayers are recited by four (4) monks below the Grotto of the Nativity, echoing through the typically crowded vicinity. Even during this year’s Christmas Eve, the most essential part of the celebration, the church was closed to the public. The lack of yearly visits from Palestinian authority representatives starkly reiterated the difference of this year’s celebration, as well.

“It has never happened before,” contemplates Asakrieh, as he mentions that the only times that the church was forced to close its doors were during periods of uprisings and Palestinian intifadas that were done in protest against Israel’s continued occupation.

“I think that this Christmas is different because people are not busy with the external manifestations of the feast,” the priest shares, referring to the customary purchasing of gifts and the conduct of extravagant get-togethers that have long been linked to Christmas celebrations.  “Now (people) have the time, and they are obligated, to concentrate on the essential… the theological spirit of Christmas,” he expressed. “Less business, but more religion,” Asakrieh continues.

During the days leading up to Christmas, the chapel of Saint Catherine, a small one that is next to the Church of the Nativity was made open to the local Bethlehem public. Amid a distinctively quiet Bethlehem atmosphere, many of the local faithful turned up as they donned their Sunday’s best.

One of them was Nicolas al-Zoghbi who mentions that the usual joy of the Christmas season was replaced by the overall feeling of depression. He shares that his son is among those who have lost their jobs due to the pandemic. “We hope the Lord will destroy corona, just get rid of it so we can return to our previous life,” states al-Zoghbi who is now in his 70s.

The city’s economy is hugely reliant on the annual influx of visitors who purchase items like rosaries and other Nativity-based trinkets from the shops and stands that pepper the place. Thus, a quiet Bethlehem during this holiday season signifies a highly decreased income for those who rely on the earnings that used to be generated from these yearly tourist visits.

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Enjoy Your Weekend With These Awesome Outdoor Adventures

We talked to our team around the country to find out where their favorite places to get out in nature are so you can go really unwind this weekend.

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If you’re looking to get away this weekend, like really get away, then there is nothing quite like going out in nature. But can you get away when you only really have two days to relax? Of course, you can. You just have to put some planning in during the week and then when the weekend comes you can cruise off into nature and completely unplug from all the stress of your everyday life. We talked to our team around the country to find out where their favorite places to get out in nature are so you can go really unwind this weekend.

 

 

San Juan Islands (Washington)
If you love the sea and the animals that live within then give sea kayaking a go in the spectacular San Juan Island. You have a great shot of seeing Orcas feeding and playing which is something that will stick with you for the rest of your life. These very intelligent creatures are a marvel to watch in nature and most people never even see them let alone see them so close in their natural habitats. The San Juan Islands are not just an amazing way to get out in nature, but they’re an amazing way to see real life orcas. Now that is a super way to have a weekend you will remember forever.

 

 

Slickrock Bike Trail (Utah)
If you love hopping on your bike and spinning your way through magical trails then hit the Slickrock Bike Trail and ride on what is widely considered the best place to mountain bike in the world. No matter how good of a mountain bike rider you are you can find the right trail for your experience level. The ride is super fun and the views are absolutely breathtaking. Utah is a fantastic state and these trails are so fun for your weekend trip.

 

 

Youghiogheny River (Maryland)
The Youghiogheny River in Maryland is sure to give you everything you’re looking for on your weekend escapade. This river has a ton of rapids so all you rafting and kayaking freaks are sure to get your rocks off enjoying a trip down this river. You can also see amazing natural wildflowers and wildlife as you cruise down. If you’re not into rafting or kayaking then don’t worry, there are plenty of fantastic trails around here that are fantastic to cruise around.

 

 

Green Mountain National Forest (Vermont)
Vermont is known for its beautiful forests so it would make sense that one of them would make this list. The Green Mountain National Forest is a great example of conservation that a lot of other parks should take after. You can hike through the unbelievable sites that abound all over this park. There are beautiful lakes, streams, cliffs, and of course, plenty of forest land to wander through. THere are so many sites around this park that you will be absolutely blown away even if you’re only there for a short visit like a single weekend.

 

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