Monday, October 12, 2015

Swimming at Dusk

Next Swim: Tuesday Oct 13th, 5:30PM

Last swim: Mon Oct 12th 5:30PM
Water Temp: 59
Waves: Small Rollers
Water Clarity: Excellent
Crew:  Itch, Lenore, 2-Ply, Diablo, Gumdrop, Patriarch
Wetsuit/Skin: 3/3
Pitsch: 6

One neat thing about swimming at dusk:  the water takes on a beautiful deep blue-green hue.  We had another wonderful swim tonight, extending our streak of great October swimming.  Hopefully we'll have another tomorrow.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Best October Swim Ever

Next Swim: Monday Oct 11th, 5:30PM

Last Swim: Sunday Oct 10th, 10:30AM
Water Temp: 58-59
Waves:  0.2 foot rollers (or so Capt'n says)
Water Clarity: Much improved
Crew: Panini, Crash, Showgirl, North Shore Nancy, Whatszisname?, Itch, Kahuna, Capt'n, Forger, Diablo, Patriarch
Pitsch: 13

Showgirl got it right.  She pronounced today's swim to be "the best October swim ever".  A perfect day with warm sunny clear skies.  Quiet clear water.  The water could have been a bit warmer, but 59 is pretty darn good for so late in the season.

We're going day by day now, but my intention is to keep swimming until the water drops back into the forties.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Sunday Swim Moved Up To 10:30

Ardent Packer fans demanded that Sunday's swim be moved up to accommodate the game.
Next Swim: Sunday Oct 11th, 10:30AM

Last Swim: Saturday Oct 10th noon
Water Temp: 59
Waves:  small ripples
Water Clarity: Better but still not great
Crew: Mr Anonymous, Itch, Whatzhizname (Mark?  Vern?  Axle? Wood Crotch?),  North Shore Nancy, Crash, Showgirl, Panini, Capt'n, Patriarch
Wetsuit/Skin: 7/2
Pitsch: 12

Who would believe that some of the best swimming of the season is in October.  What a day!  What a swim!

Friday, October 9, 2015

Still Hanging In There

Next Swims:  Sat & Sun, Oct 9th & 10th, noon both days
Note:  These swims will be at our normal Klode Beach location,  In a previous post I said we might swim from Atwater to the shipwreck this weekend but conditions are not favorable for good shipwreck viewing (waves and murky water).

Last Swim: Fri Oct 9th 5:30PM
Water Temp: 59
Waves: 2-3 feet
Water Clarity: Poor
Crew: Itch, Patriarch
Wetsuit/Skin: 1/1

We're down to a few diehards swimming in gathering gloom.  Before we turned around at "birch trees" we stopped to float on our backs atop the waves and meditate on the beautiful pink sunset and the brilliant fall colors on the bluff.

The weekend weather forecast looks great.  It may well be our last chance.

The Picnic Table is Buried

Next Swim: Today Oct 9, 5:30PM
Sat & Sun, tentatively noon, check back later for time and place, we might do a shipwreck swim from Atwater instead of our usual Klode swim, we'll access the condition tonight and make a decision.

Last Swim: Thu Oct 8th 5:30PM
Water Temp: 56
Waves: flat
Water Clairity: murky
Crew: Itch, Diablo
Wetsuit/Skin: 0/2

Diablo reports that the picnic table was buried from all the high waves last week.  If anybody wants to dig it out see Itch, he has a shovel.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Day by Day

Next Swim:  Thur Oct 8th, 5:30PM

Last Swim:  Wed Oct 7th, 5:30PM
Water Temp: 60
Waves: 1-2 feet
Water Clarity: Excellent except for some gunk near shore
Crew: Itch, Lenore, Panini, Mr. Anonymous, Gumdrop, Mark
Wetsuit/Skin: 4/2

We've eked out another day, not yet ready to go inside to tile bottoms and the smell of chorline.

Assuming conditions are still favorable how about a "shipwreck" swim from Atwater Beach Saturday or Sunday?

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Bonus Swim

Next Swim:  Wed Oct 7th, 5:30PM

Last Swim:  Tue Oct 6th 5:30PM
Water Temp:  60
Waves: Small Chop
Water Clarity:  Gunky right on shore, but crystal clear just a few yards out
Crew: Lenore, Kyle, Itch, Diablo, Patriarch
Wetsuit/Skin:  2/3
Pitsch: 4

Any swimmable day in October is a bonus, and an October day with 60 degree crystal clear water is a real treat.  Night was falling as we swam and the water took on a beautiful teal color. And if that's not enough, the colors on the bluff are fantastic.

Itch and Diablo actually managed to dig out the beached yellow kayak and muscled it up the beach.  Don't ask me why, it makes no sense to me, but that's true of a lot of what this group does.

Speaking of the kayak, we're pretty sure it was the one that we see on rocks just north of the Silver Spring downspout.  We swam by there today and there was no kayak, so it's probably the same one.