Sunday, June 17, 2018

Weekday Swims at 6AM & 6PM

Next Swims:  Monday thru Friday 6AM & 6PM

Last Swims:  Saturday & Sunday June 16th & 17th noon both days
Water Temp:  58 on Saturday 60 on Sunday
Waves:   One foot chop both days
Saturday Crew: Sir James, Kahuna, Capt’n, Wet Taco, Gumdog Moondrop, Itch, Drangonfly, El Jefe, City Mouse, Lamprey, Handyman Hank, Diablo, Patriarch
Sunday Crew: Scuba, Kahuna, Princess Anna, Mitch, Itch, Showgirl, Handyman Hank, Sir James, Mike, Diablo, Gumdog Moondrop, Panini, Eleanor, Patriarch
Also, some people swam early both Saturday and Sunday because of scheduling conflicts

Friday, June 15, 2018

Steve's Scenic South Swim

Next Swims:  any interest in 5:30 tonight?  Leave a comment.
                         Saturday and Sunday NOON

                         Extra Bonus Swim: Panini and I will swim at 9AM on Saturday

Last Swim: Friday 06/15, 6am
Water Temp: 57.9 
Clarity: crystal clear
Waves: flat as glass
Crew: Kahuna,  Showgirl, Scooby, Diablo passing in the parking lot
Skin/Suit: 2/2

It was another amazingly beautiful morning at the beach. Scooby declared that he was swimming south in order to see the sights.  And so we swam.  We went a few minutes past the picnic table, which is once again being buried in sand.

On the return swim, as I swam along the never-ending rock wall I was skeptical of Steve's claims of more interesting things to see to the south, even rumors of a cannon? 

The water has been on the cool side, but it's going to be a hot one this weekend.  See you at the beach.


p.s. Patriarch, where art thou?

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Phlox U!

Next Swims: Fri 6am

Last Swim: Thursday 06/14, 6am
Water Temp: 56
Clarity: delightfully clear
Waves: flat as glass
Crew: Kahuna, Mr. A, Showgirl, & GumDog and Diablo working the early shift
Skin/Suit: 2/3?

Higher education regarding phlox is available in yesterday's post and comments (I for one still prefer wild phlox whenever I can get it).  

But I digress. 

The conversation on the beach today was interesting as usual, as Showgirl once again proves one must constantly be on guard, lest comments said on the beach end up in the blog.  And one must also be vigilant about walking off and leaving one's thong laying on the beach.    

It was a beautiful morning. The bright sun and blue skies greeted us as we stepped into the brisk, clear water, to enjoy a nice short journey to the birches and back.  Caribbean clarity of water enabled us to enjoy the light refracted and dancing beneath us on the clear sand as we floated along above.  

With warm temperatures and winds generally out of the East today and tomorrow, we may have some outstanding conditions over the next two days.  Or not.  

Noon swim on Saturday?  


Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Morning Swims are ON!

Next Swims: Thurs & Fri 6am

Last Swim: Wednesday 06/13, 6am
Water Temp: 59.6
Clarity: zero
Waves: flat as glass
Crew: Kahuna, Mitch, Scooby, Showgirl, Mike (first swim with the Kru!), and Diablo was working the early shift
Skin/Suit: 2.5/3

Kahuna said I should lie about the temperature so that more people would come to swim.  I said that if people came and experienced the real water temp thinking it should be warmer, they wouldn't come back. This is just another incident in a long line of Kahuna-Showgirl lakeside disputes. Please reference the False Phlox Brouhaha of 2016, where, as I recall, one of the parties ultimately conceded. And it wasn't me.

But I digress.

It was such a beautiful morning. The sun was already high above the horizon and the air was balmy and humid. The water was flat with occasional ruffles. We swam north.  Along the way we educated our newest swimmer, Mike from L.A., about the sewer pipe (Kahuna-Showgirl altercation #2 of the morning: he prefers "downspout") and then swam on to the birches.

Back in the parking lot, Kahuna and I came to our first agreement of the morning, and we declare that morning swims are ON for 2018.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Good Morning Sunshine

Next swim:  6 a.m., Wednesday, 06/13

The lifeguards have migrated back to Bradford Beach, so it is high time we start swimming in the mornings at Klode. 

Saturday, June 9, 2018

The Wreck of the Shipwreck Swim

Next Swim: Noon Sunday 06/10

Last Swim: Saturday 11AM
Water Temp: 58 per Itch and the duck
Air temp: not much higher
Waves: biggish chop out of the northeast
Water Clarity: zero
Air Clarity: also cloudy
Crew: Magic Mike, Itch, Mitch, Ara, Showgirl, Moondawg/Iceman/Gumdrop, Mr. Anonymous
Shore Support: Squeeze o'Showgirl and special guest appearance by Dr. Dave and Not Dave's Wife
I am holding a tiny replica of the shipwreck, which mysteriously made it's way into my swimi bag last year.
The Men's Club chickens were turning on the barbie as we gathered at the top of the hill at Atwater Park.  We looked askance at the weather. The fog was rolling in so we wisely made a non-shipwreck swim plan. We scampered down the stairs and suited up, attached barbies (the other kind) and swam north into the chop.

The return trip was fast and fun as the waves pushed us back to the beach. It was really quite lovely.

When we arrived on shore we were happy to be greeted by Not-Dave's-Wife and... Dave.

Several of us made acrobatic clothing changes, enjoyed some Killepitsch*, and moved on to the next stage of the day's activities: the Shorewood Men's Club BBQ, brought to us again by our own beloved Kahuna. The bright side of the not-so-bright (or warm!) weather, is that we did not have to jockey for space on the beach with hordes of families, children, and suntanning teenagers, and there were plenty of picnic tables at the BBQ. The other bright side of our failed shipwreck swim is that we will do another one later in the summer.

I compromised my vegetarian lifestyle and enjoyed the chicken. During the meal Itch forced us to share our hopes and dreams with him, which felt meaningful knowing that he plans to live fast and die young. We planned his Viking funeral.

By the time we left the park, it was so foggy you could scarcely see the piers.

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*Killepitsch has been benevolently and continuously provided to the Kru by a tiny handful of it's members. Please consider making thea gift of a single bottle (or more!) to the "Keep the Killepitsch Flowing Fund"
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Friday, June 8, 2018

Weekend Swims?

Next Swim:  ???

Last Swim:  Thursday June 7th 6PM
Water Temp:  I measured 60 on shore but I think it was cooler than that away from shore, mid to high 50s maybe.
Waves: One foot, choppy
Water Clairity: OK not great
Crew: Itch, Linda, Kahuna, Patriarch

I had posted a shipwreck swim 11AM Saturday at Atwater beach, to be followed by the Shorewood Men’s Club BBQ.  Unfortunately, I will not be able to make it, but it sounds like others will be there, if you are going I suggest leaving a comment so that others know.

I’m not sure about Sunday either, please comment if you have a time preference.

The forecast this weekend is not ideal.  Onshore winds mean warmer but choppier water.  And there is a possibility of some rain.