Edward Wilson said, “The hideaways bond us with place, and they nourish our individuality and self-esteem.” (Wilson, 17)
This talks about how we bond together by exploring.
Pretty close to Montgomery, Alabama in Prattville is a place called the water hole. The water hole is actually behind an apartment complex that is close to the interstate. Many teenagers choose to visit this place even though it is private property and off-limits.
The water hole, from my understanding, is basically a sink hole which has filled with water. It is popular among kids who love an adrenaline rush by jumping off rocks and trespassing.
A certain song we listened to growing up called “This Land is Your Land” by Woody Guthrie talks about exploring somewhere off-limits.
In stanza five, it states, “As I went walking I saw a sign there
And on the sign it said “No Trespassing”
But on the other side it didn’t say nothing,”
It continues, “That side was made for you and me.” (5)
This discusses a child’s need to explore the unknown, even a place off-limits.
The water hole resembles Chimney Rock at Lake Martin, minus the huge rocks and crowded body of water. The water hole might have rocks as high as Chicken Rock, but the water is still nowhere near as crowded or rough. The water is calm because it is a small pool of water.
I visited the water hole once, and I will never go back. I am not one who likes breaking rules. The one time I went, someone threatened to call the cops, which lead to us running back to our cars in the pouring rain.
I am also not a big fan of unfamiliar water and swimming or walking through it, and that was the only way to get out. There are snakes and other creatures that I just am not a fan of. You also have to climb a steep hill to get back to the top, which adds to the adrenaline rush you receive when you are at the water hole.
There are many reasons why I will never go back to the water hole, such as, the snakes and climbing steep hills. Being 19 and knowing the consequences of trespassing also make the water hole a huge NO from me.