Here is a little taste of Ithaca in the summer. This is "first dam" within the 6 Mile Creek flower preserve. As you can see, on hot summer days it is a frequented spot to cool off.....and do some cliff jumping. This is just one of many swimming holes around Ithaca and one of the most accessible spots. There are many more areas that are more remote and therefore less crowded, but I think that these photos capture the unifying energy of people trying to cool off on a hot, muggy, day. This is a large part of what summer means to me. If you have never been to Ithaca, you should definitely visit during the summer and enjoy some of these beautiful places.