Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Turkey Day Dip (aka Re-frost the Turkey)

Next Swim: 9AM Thanksgiving morning

Last Swims: Itch and probably Diablo, no details to share

Announcing the first annual (?) Thanksgiving Klode Kru Turkey Day Dip.

Are you... worried that you won't be able to hack the cold water on January 1st and want to do a dry-run, oops, wet-run before the Polar Plunge?

Or... are you dreading the day with family and looking for an amazing accomplishment to yammer on about at the dinner table?

Or... has your Facebook feed been devoid of newsworthy stunts lately?

Or... are you looking for a way to avoid setting the table, running the vacuum, mashing the potatoes, etc, etc, plus an extra bonus sure-fire way to annoy your spouse?

No matter what your dark motivations are, come to the beach and do a quick dip with us on Thanksgiving.

We're giving a turkey to all participants. (No, we're not.)

You have We'Taco to thank for this bit of holiday madness.

p.s. to Diablo: Ardi galdua atzeman daiteke, aldi galdua berriz ez.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Endless Summer

Next Swims: No idea

Last Swim:
Sunday noon
Water: 47.?  flat as glass
Clarity: crystal clear at shore, turquoise but unclear away from shore
Crew: Diablo, Itch, Showgirl
Shore Support: We'Taco, Gumdrop, Squeeze o'Showgirl
Skin/Suit: 1/2, 1/2, 1

It was so long since my last swim that I forgot to bring a towel. 

The air and water temps were about the same as we less-than-enthusiastically got ready to enter the water.

In an amazing act of cold-water fortitude, Itch swam to the birches.  Diablo went to sewerpipe, and I did a tiny loop around the rock pile. They both wore wetsuit shirts, and I wore the whole suit.

Itch may be the new Diablo.  What will THAT do to the swimming universe???

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Never Underestimate the Crew

Next Swims:
* Monday Oct 23rd, 5:30PM
* Tuesday 5:30 PM
* Wednesday 5:30PM

Last Swims:
Sunday Noon
Water: ?? I wasn’t there but from the web it appears the water was 52 with 2 ft swell
Crew: Diablo, Wet Taco, Itch

Saturday 1PM
Water: 54, 2 ft swell
Crew: Itch, Niche, Magic Mike, Handyman Hank, Drangonfly, Patriarch

Friday 5:30PM
I wasn’t there, I know Itch swam, not sure who else

Friday Noon
Water: 53, 1ft swell
Crew: Drangonfly, Panini, Hank, Patriarch

Thursday 5:30PM
Water: 53, 1 ft swell
Crew: Itch, Wet Taco, Drangonfly

Friday’s incredible weather set the stage for a delightful mid-day swim.  Bright colors shown on the bluff.  The warm sun felt great afterwards.  Much colder weather is in the forecast so Friday will likely be my last swim of the season and memories of that swim will be in my dreams all winter.

I was surprised to hear that despite today’s rain three brave swimmers took the plunge.  Never underestimate the Crew’s determination to get in their swim.

I might be done for the season, but I know others will keep going.  Itch will swim anther week at least, and Wet Taco has her sites set on Thanksgiving!  I suspect Diablo will be in the mix too.

Thursday, October 19, 2017


Next Swims:
* Thursday Oct 19, 5:30PM
* Friday Noon
* Friday 5:330PM
* Saturday 1PM
* Sunday Noon

Last Swim:
Wednesday 11:30 AM
Water: 52, 1ft swell
Crew: Panini, Handyman Hank, Patriarch

I wasn’t at the Wed PM swim, so I have no report.

Can this really be October?  Panini, Hank and I had a delightful mid-day swim yesterday.  The warm sun really helped.  And mid-70s and sun is predicted for tomorrow.  It’s too good to pass up.  Join us at noon Friday if you can.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Swim Mid-Day Wednesday

Next Swims:  Another warm sunny day is predicted for tomorrow (Wednesday) so Panini and I want to try a mid-day mid week swim at 11:30.  Join us if you can.
* Wednesday 10/17 5:30PM
* Thursday 5:30PM
* Friday 5:30PM

Last Swims:
Tuesday 5:30 PM
Water: 54 gently rolling
crew: Handyman Hank, Drangonfly,

Monday 5:30 PM
Water: 53
Crew: Capt’n, Mr. Anonymous, Itch, Handyman Hank, Wet Taco

The water temp is still OK, but it’s cool and dark when we finish swimming at 6PM.  But tomorrow should be warm and sunny so Panini and I will take advantage of it by swimming at 11:30AM Wednesday.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Patriarch Sandwich

Next Swims:
* Monday October 16th 5:30PM
* Tuesday 5:30PM
* Wednesday 5:30PM

Last Swims:
Sunday 10/15 Noon
Water: 57 degrees, 2 ft swells building to 3-4 feet while we there
Crew: Itch, Wet Taco, Drangonfly, Diablo, Patriarch

Saturday 1PM:  rained out, although Itch told me he swam later.

Special thanks to Capt’n for another GREAT Halloween Bash!  I wonder how long it takes him to put out all those decorations?  Outstanding job!

Believe it or not the water is still very swimable.  The only problem: when you emerge from the water it’s so damn cold and windy on the beach.  Despite a couple layers of clothes I was still shivering but the ladies took pity and warmed me up with a “Patriarch Sandwich”.  Eat your heart out guys!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Walking the Plank, Literally

Next Swims:
* Friday 10/13 5:30PM
* Saturday 10/14  1PM (if it’s not raining)
* Sunday 10/15 Noon

And don’t forget:  Saturday at 7PM Captn’s annual Halloween bash
5692 Sunnypoint Rd., Glendale
See his Facebook page for more info.

Last Swim: Thursday 5:30PM
Water: 55 small waves
Crew: Itch

Never say die!  The water temp yesterday was a very swimmable 55.  Perhaps the lake will give us one more weekend.  And even if she doesn’t we still have the 13th Annual Terror at Ted’s to entertain us.  Warning:  Diablo told me he was coming as a skinny dipper.  Yewwwwwww!

Even though the season is on it’s last legs it’s not too late to make improvements to our daily routine. The latest upgrade allows Itch to measure the water temp without gettin his feet wet.