In Chico, California, there are many places for swimming, including the popular "1 Mile" or Sycamore Pool in Lower Bidwell Park, Bear Hole in Upper Bidwell Park , as well as the final destination of these spots on Chico Creek: in the Sacramento River.
However, "5 Mile," my favorite swimming spot, is easier to get to and frequented less often than the aforementioned pools. It's a short bike ride away from downtown, and it also has an easy-access parking lot for out-of-towners. It's right off the beaten path. So much so, that I often find openings to swim naked in the creek, especially early in the morning and in the late afternoon (there is a golf course that can see the spot, so be sure to check if anyone is teeing off before jumping in). Which, is precisely why it's my favorite spot for a quick dip to reset my nervous system and connect with the energy of water.
Watch the video below to experience for yourself :)
About Lily Rothrock: Lily founded Porpendorf in 2015 to blog about wholehearted living. She is a native Californian who loves to swim, sing, and travel, and teach Birth Into Being workshops. Read more about her and her blog here.
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