About to move to Alabama. Know we'll need some way to cool off. Some of the places I'm looking at buying have ponds and no pools (well none have a pond AND a pool- maybe that should be a hint....). Anyway, is it realistic for fairly YUPPY me (afraid of alligators and sort of prefer not having muddy feet when I'm done swimming) and very urban DH ("I can go camping anywhere they have electricity and internet access") to swim in a pond in AL and not a pool? DD13 will follow his lead, DD5 really LIKES mud. Anyone want to try to convince me ponds are as good as or better than pools for swimming? We aren't much on fishing so we'll actually plan for a pool if there is neither pond nor pool and we can afford it after buying the house. Your state and your kids' ages and if they agree in your replies, please.