A Warning to Northerners Vacationing in Southern States

Things are different down south. You have to be aware and alert.

Krista Bennett
2 min readApr 1, 2022
Photo by Brittany Matz

A friend of mine recently moved from Wisconsin to Tennessee. She has been sharing lovely photos of her family, the beautiful mountains, and the new place they live.

A few days ago, she shared a photo of her daughter wading into a shallow watering hole that sent a wave of panic through me. I messaged her immediately.

I grew up as far north as you can get in Ohio right on Lake Erie. Every summer, my family would travel down to Tuscaloosa, Alabama to visit my grandparents for a week. It was sweltering and swimming in my uncle’s pond was a daily activity.

My uncle warned us to always throw some rocks into a pond or swimming hole before jumping in and this is why.

When my cousin was in high school, on their senior skip day, he and a group of his friends went to the rock quarry where they always hung out in the summer and swam.

Spring fever was in the air and they were excited to be skipping school, ready to have a fun day swimming, drinking, and laying in the sun.

Cars started arriving and people started unloading their blankets, chairs, and coolers.