Monday, September 1, 2014

33 days

Next Swims:
   Tuesday September 2nd @ 6am
   Tuesday September 2nd @ 6pm?  (post comment if interested)
   Wednesday September 3rd @ 6am

Last Swims:
   Monday September 1st @ 9am
      Water Temp: 56
      Waves: none with slight current from south
      Clarity:  clear
      Crew:  The Patriarch, Diablo, Kahuna, Zoom Zoom, Mary the Scott, Mitch, Kyle, Phil, Tim, Kevin, Michelle, Capt'n with guest appearance by Sir James
      Skin / Suit count:  3 / 9
      Pitsch Count:  6

   Sunday August 31st @ 9am
      Water Temp:  49-52
      Waves: none
      Clarity: clear
      Crew: Diablo, Michelle, Adam, Steve, Jamie, Riptide, Capt'n with guest appearances by The Patriarch, Sketch, Zoom-Zoom, Kate, Scott
      Skin / Suit Count:  2 / 5

Well, it was bound to happen sometime...and if you asked me 34 days ago if we would enjoy more than a day or two on the plus side of 70 I would have laughed hysterically and asked if you wanted another shot of Pitsch.  Despite the very cold start to our Lake Michigan swim season we  astonishingly enjoyed a stretch of 33 consecutive days with water temps above 60.  Even more surprising was how many of those days had water temps on the plus side of 70!

As sad as it was to see out streak of 60+ water temps end I'm happy to report that the water temps appear to be rebounding nicely.  While there's no guarantee that the water will again warm up above 60 this year there's also no reason to believe that it won't. 

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Dumb German's and Wanna Be Pirates

Next Swims:
   Sunday August 31st @ 9am
   Monday September 1st @ 9am

Last Swim:
   Saturday August 30th @ 9am
      Water Temp:  56.4 - 61.2
       Waves: Calm
       Clarity:  clear in most spots
       Crew:  Kahuna, Diablo, Neo, Nanook, Sketch, Don Diego, Zoom-Zoom, TaskMaster, Phil, Monica, Austin, Steve, Kate, Ben, Capt'n with special guest appearance by The Patriarch
      Skin / Suit:  5 / 10
      Pitsch Count:  12

Yah, yah, yah...speakin' wit ze German accent may be easie...but writin wit one es uber suckie hard.  But accordin' to ze Patriarch that's cuz ze German's are dumb.  ...and te add insult to ze injury not only does ze Patriarch think ze German's wit ze accent are dumb but ve also lack reverence, respect and aw.  Yah, yah, yah...was auch immer das bedeutet!

So did ya know in 2006 ve German's founded a Pirate political party? bout that...a political party to stand up fer ya right to pillage, plunda and drink Killepitsch!

So think what ya want bout ze German's and Pirates but my reply to ze Patriarch's (Der Spinnt?) belly achin' post bout being "Unworthy" "das kannst du deiner oma erzahlen!"  :)

Friday, August 29, 2014


Next swims:  9AM all three days of the Labor Day weekend:
9AM Saturday August 30th
9AM Sunday August 31st
9AM Monday Labor Day September 1st

Last Swims:
Friday August 29th 6AM
Water Temp: 68
Waves:  2 - 3 feet rough and choppy
Water Clarity:  poor
Crew: Adam, Nivens McTwist, Mike, Bubba, Capt'n, Diablo, Showgirl, and me on shore doing stretches to try to loosen up my sore back
Wetsuit/Skin Count: 3/4

Thursday August 28th 6PM
Water Temp: 70
Waves: 1-2 foot choppy
Water Clarity: Poor
Crew: Lorraine, Nanook, Jamie, Capt'n, eRun, Matt, and me on shore
Wetsuit/Skin: 3/3
Pitsch Count: 4

Thursday August 28th 6AM
Water Temp: 68
Waves: 1-2 feet very rough and choppy
Water Clarity: Poor
Crew: Bubba, David, Diablo, Kahuna, Sonnakahuna, Showgirl, Panini, Task Master, Patriarch
Wetsuit/Skin: 5/4

Wednesday August 27th 6PM
Water Temp: 71
Waves: 1-2 feet rough and choppy
Water Clarity: Poor
Crew: Jeff, Jamie, Mitch, Steve, Lorraine, Ben, Diablo, Patriarch
Wetsuit/Skin: 3/5

The title of today's post might lead you to believe I intend to blog about Capt'n.  That's a logical conclusion, but you would be wrong.  No, today's title was inspired by Ben and his concise description of the swim conditions of the last few days, "Annoying".  That pretty much sums up the rough choppy water we've seen three days in a row.  It's annoying to be tossed around like a rag doll, be slapped in the face and have dirty water shoved down your throat.  It's fun and challenging for a while but it's annoying in the way a good joke is funny the first time Capt'n tells it, but not the seventeenth (Oops!  There I go again.)

The unsettled forecast for the next few days suggests we'll be in for more of the same.  Perhaps it's the Lady of the Lake's revenge for blogging uncomplimentary reports.  I expect Capt'n will also be exacting some revenge soon.

The good news:  the water has been very warm.  

P.S.  Safe travels to India Panini, we miss you already.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014


Next Swims:
Wednesday August 27th 6PM
Thursday August 28th 6AM & 6PM
Friday August 29th 6AM

Last Swims:
Wednesday 8/27 6AM
Water Temp: 66
Waves:  small swells
Water Clarity: Very Good
Crew: Bubba, Nanook, Diablo, Nivens McTwist, Showgirl, Panini, Capt'n, Patriarch
Wetsuit/Skin: 1/7

Tuesday 8/26 6PM
Water Temp: 70
Waves: Calm
Water Clarity:  Excellent
Crew:  Steve, Jamie, Nanook, Ron, Lorraine, Capt'n, Patriarch
Wetsuit/Skin: 2/4
Pitsch Count: 6

Tuesday 8/26 6AM
Water Temp: 67
Waves: calm
Water Clarity: Excellent
Crew: Showgirl, Panini, Nanook, Monica, Scooby, Kahuna, Diablo, Bubba, Patriarch
Wetsuit/Skin: 1/8

Fantastic swimming in warm clear water.  Stunning crimson sunrises, serene sunsets,  a bald eagle soaring overhead. Cormorants, ducks and gulls. The peaceful gentle soothing swells of a becalmed lake.  Shimmering shades of blue and reflected reds.  Waves almost whispering as they lap ever so languidly on the shore.

So do we come to the beach with respect awe and reverence?  No.  We tell sophomoric sex jokes,  make wannabe pirate talk, speak in fake dumb German accents and whine about how early it is, about work, about cold water even though it's 70.  We are so unworthy of the beauty that surrounds us.  

Monday, August 25, 2014

6AM Comes Much Too Soon

Next Swims:
Tuesday August 26th, 6AM & 6PM
Wednesday August 27 6AM

Last Swims:
Monday 8/25 6PM
Water Temp: 68, but warm and cold pockets, she can't seem to make up her mind
Waves:  Gentle Swells
Water Clarity:  Improving, bottom visible in many spots
Crew: Nanook,Jamie, Steve, Capt'n, Patriarch
Wetsuit/Skin: 0/5
Pitsch Count: 5

Monday 8/25 6AM
Water Temp: 70
Waves:  Gentle Swells
Water Clarity:  OK
Crew: Showgirl, Panini, Nanook, Capt'n, Kahuna, Capt'n, Gumdrop, Diablo, Patriarch
Wetsuit/Skin: 0/8

I should write something witty and insightful. But it's late I'm tired and I'm depressed because you'd think I'd have a better way to spend my retirement than get up before sunrise to swim with a pathetic bunch of working slobs.  Warning:  I'll be even grumpier at 6AM.  

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Note to Self: When Swimming to Big Bay Have a Plan on How to Get Back

Next Swims:
Monday August 25th 6AM & 6PM
Tuesday August 26th 6AM

Last Swims:
Sunday August 24th 9AM
Water Temp: 71
Waves:  1-2 feet choppy
Water Clarity: All stirred up silt and sand
Crew: Dusterino, eRun, Jess, Kyle, Rip Tide, Gumdrop, Jamie, Phil, Geoffrey, Capt'n, Patriarch
Wetsuit/Skin: 8/3
Pitsch Count: 10

Saturday August 23rd 9AM
Water Temp: 71
Waves: small swells
Water Clarity: good
Crew: Diablo, Ben, Rip Tide, Monica, Capt'n, Taskmaster, Kahuna, Squeezakahuna, Sonnakahuna, Squeezeasonnakahuna, Gumdrop, Nivens McTwist, Sketch, Lorraine, Patriarch
Wetsuit/Skin: 13/2

Have you ever wondered how that agitator Diablo manages to stay out of trouble?  Saturday we found out - Mrs. Diablo bails him out.   On Saturday he and I were having a grand time swimming south and before we knew it we were 3/4 of the way to Big Bay.  We decided to head all the way to Big Bay and along the way Monica joined us.  One problem.  It was too far to swim back, and we had no gear or no plan on how to return.  It would have been a long barefoot walk.  But Diablo did his best to look pitiful and a lady on the beach let him use her cellphone.  And somehow he convinced his wife to pick us up and drive us back to Klode.  She's way too good for him if you ask me.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Capt'n Needs Advice

Weekend Swims:  Saturday August 23rd 9:00AM and Sunday August 24th 9AM

Last Swims:
Friday August 22nd 6AM
Water Temp: 69
Waves: Gentle Rollers
Water Clarity: Excellent
Crew: Showgirl, Diablo, Nivens McTwist, Blane, Kahuna, Capt'n, Patriarch
Wetsuit/Skin: 1/6

Thursday August 21st 6PM
Water Temp: 70
Waves: Gentle Rollers
Water Clarity: Good
Crew: Wonder Woman, Lorraine, Mitch, Jamie, Patriarch
Wetsuit/Skin: 0/5

Sure it's been foggy and dismal the last couple days but the swimming couldn't be better.  And the morning was brightened considerably by the mystery lady who left a stone cairn on Captn's and my flip flops.  Not to mention an impromptu sojourn to Solly's for post-swim breakfast this morning.

 At the risk of making a complete fool of myself yet again, and with the caveat that my predictions are more wrong than right, I humbly predict that this will be a great swimming weekend.  The current conditions are fantastic and the forecast for the weekend is for warm mostly sunny weather with light onshore winds.  A perfect recipe for some fine swimming, it seems the planets are aligned.

We are hopeful that we can do a longer swim, perhaps even repeating our wonderful Big Bay swim accomplished last Saturday.

Capt'n has a choice tomorrow morning:  He can waste fifty bucks and run the Badgerland Striders half marathon on a hot humid awful day.  Or can he can swim with us for free in the cool refreshing rejuvenating waters of Lake Michigan.  Care to give him any advice?