Above: Tim Cox of Olive paid an out-of-season visit to the famous Peekamoose Blue Hole on the Rondout Creek on Thursday, a day when the mercury hovered in the teens to single digits. Anyone care for a swim?
In summertime, the deep, famously cold waters of the Blue Hole are prime habitat for both tourists and locals in search of a refreshing Catskills dip. The Blue Hole is a bit off the beaten path, but attendance has been up since a 2010 mention by Travel & Leisure magazine in a list of America's best swimming holes -- even though they spelled "Shokan" wrong. (C'mon, guys.)