Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Pool of Biting Fish
One day we went on a long hike to a viewpoint, and given the heat and humidity I was completely drenched. Although I dreaded the idea of getting back into my sweat soaked clothes, I was hot enough that I decided to brave the fish and swim in the pool. The water was nice and cool - not very cool - but much cooler than I was.
The fish swarmed me when I stepped into the pool and I was surprised by how much I could feel them biting. It wasn't really painful but it was like getting pinched pretty hard by small fingers. My guide told me to keep moving if I didn't want them to bite me. I swam out to the waterfall to get in deeper water and then kept my arms and legs moving. This, unfortunately, resulted in me getting bit on the ass. So I began to try to wiggle that too - and keep all portions of my body moving underwater. Although the water was cool, all that moving heated me up again, so eventually I decided to get out. I probably got about a dozen bites in 20 minutes.
It was a beautiful place to be - biting fish aside.