Throw Back Thursday DIY Inground Pool dug by hand/shovel 1970's
In Ground Swimming Pool dug by hand/shovel in Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1970's. Most amazing experience of my life. Vintage photos! Pool Design! DIY!
My Dad who made our dream come true. The most amazing man I've ever known. He was so proud and so were "we", all 11 of us! = )
He's sitting on the slide. His first dip in the pool.
Growing up, my father one day sprayed a really big orange egg shape on the ground. We all looked at him like what is he doing? My mother told us he “is” going to build an in ground pool. And she said it while shaking her head YES! She was all smiles. I was an Army brat. There were 9 of us children. Living on the east coast our whole life. New Hampshire, Hampton Beach-Florida, Fort Devens, Massachusettes-Fort Bragg, North Carolina-New Jeresy. We grew up with beaches just around the corner. If one wasn’t right down the road, we’d drove to it, every weekend. After my Dad retired we moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, The Land of Enchantment when I was just 10 years old. It was very, very hot and very, very dry. This is why my father built us the in ground pool. After he had spray painted the orange egg shape, he began to dig. All of us children started to dig. We literally dug it by “hand/shovel”. We ALL helped. God it was amazing. The deeper we got the more excited we got the faster we shoveled. Can you imagine an in ground pool dug by hand? And it wasn’t this 7 ft. deep pool, it was 12 ft. deep. It was an egg shape. It had a wall just 3 inches under the water for our younger brothers and sisters, it was 3 ½ deep on the other side of the wall. We didn’t need a heater, not in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The wall divider in the pool, we used it to dive off of, jump off of and leap frog over it. So Thank You Momma and Daddy (RIP) for bestowing your wonderful talents upon me! I love you and miss, miss, you both!!!!!!!!!!! Everything I create, in my heart, your creating it with me!
The yard wasn't completely done. The grass hadn't come in yet and there were roses on each post of the cement grotto. Can you see the "wall"? It curves about 2 feet below. My oldest sister was standing on the curve. When my sister sent these photos by email to me I began crying. It was truly the best time of my life. We were having diving races off the "WALL". So many memories!!!!! My sister is standing on the edge of the WALL on the deep side below. The shallow end is either 2 1/2 ft. deep or 3 ft. deep and the deep end is 12 ft. deep. So much room. We played mermaids for hours and hours and had relay races diving off the WALL.
We we're playing Sly and the Family Stone's-Hot Fun in the Summertime, all summer longggggg. My oldest sister was standing on the edge of the WALL below.
Can you see the "WALL"?
They need to sell fiberglass pools like this. I can't express how much fun the WALL was.
That's me in the pink bathing suit at age 13. (I was putting my mask on.) I'm swimmin, I'm swimmin!!!!!!!!!!! Loling! My husband and I are going to replicate my Dad's pool. Wish us luck! I'll keep you posted. (I need to patent my father's pool!) Thank You ALL for reading my post and sharing my memmmbreeeees with me! = )