Saturday, September 22, 2018

Crisp fall air

Next swims: Sunday @ noon
Mon-Fri 6:15am and 5:45pm

Last Swims: Friday night
Water Temp: 67
Waves: easy going risers
Clarity: Good if all you need is to see the hand at the end of your arm
Crew: Itch, Stickler, We'Taco, Magic Mike
Shore support: Patriarch, Diablo, Handyman Hank, Synchro

Saturday, noon:
Water Temp: 63
Waves: swells of 2-3 feet with a chop all mixed in
Clarity: nasty in close; blue-green and slightly murky a little further out
Crew: Diablo, Itch, Linda the Lamprey, Mr. Bubble, Dan, Magic Mike

On Friday night We'Taco and I were huddling in the shallows of the cove to stay out of the whipping north wind. The water was the warmest place to be. We were talking about how, even though summer is gorgeous and hard to beat, there is something special about fall swims: the sense of stolen time, not knowing how many more swims we have left, being really glad we have THIS swim. Then Itch and Stickler swam in, everyone got out, hustled into warm and dry, took a shot, and strode into the weekend.

Itch dubbed Saturday the third best swim of the season. Pitsch. Then some went off to Doors Open, MKE. Was that only me?

Friday, September 21, 2018

Best season of the swim!

Last Swim:  Thursday, 5:45 pm
Water Temperature:  68
Waves:  Fun swells
Clarity:  Mixed - total mud puddle close to shore, clearer with some trash and debris further out
Crew:  Kuhuna, Itch, Patriarch, Synchro, Capn', Ziggy, Stickler, Mr. Bubble

I'm sure all would agree this has been a great season - I've heard many say so during the last few weeks.  Hence my toast last night - a Spoonerism of our usual toast. 

The water was beautifully warm, and quite delightful after you got past the Brown 25 along the shore.  Once we got  into the clearer water, there were still some Close Enounters with flotsam and jetsam.  Kahuna said he had a Close Encounter with a tree limb and Ziggy (I think) said she swam straight into a branch.

Kahuna, Cap'n and I stopped to chat during the swim.  While Kahuna was telling the story of his Close Encounter, Cap'n all of a sudden exclaims - "Look, a Baby Ruth!", and throws it at Kahuna.  I don't think it was really a candy bar.  I think it was actually a piece of Brown 25. 

While waiting for the Killepitsch to be served up, Synchro introduced us to Xtabentun - a Mayan liquer made of honey with an aftertaste of licorice - pretty good actually. 

Then the Killepitsch was served up and there was mutual agreement - good batch!  Tastes much better than Robitussin!

Someone asked "When did the Kru start drinking the pitsch as part of the ritual?"  Condensed version of the story - 2006. 

Wednesday, September 19, 2018


Next Swims:  Wednesday thru Friday 6:15AM and 5:45PM

Last  Swim:  Wednesday 09/19 6:15am
Water Temp: warm
Waves: biggish, covered in chop
Clarity: zero
Crew:  Showgirl, Barbie, probably Diablo

I arrived at the parking lot at 6:15-ish and the barriers were still up. But the barriers are no barrier to swimming, my friends.

That said, no other swimmers felt like a barrier.

Largeish waves felt like a barrier.

Crud floating in the water felt like a barrier.

But then I asked myself, "what would Diablo do?" What would Super Hera do?"

At this point, there was a red glow on the horizon. The water felt warm and inviting. The breeze kept the mosquitoes  at bay. So I decided to enjoy the sunrise while on a short swim to the sewerpipe. 

The sun came up just as I got outside the rock piles. Though the sky was gray, there was a cloudless gap just along the horizon. The sun rose bright red, and then disappeared behind the clouds.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Rain, Lightening, Big Waves, (and the Ever-Present Super-Abundant Flying A**holes)

Next Swims:  Monday thru Friday 6:15AM and 5:45PM

Last (failed) Swim:  Tuesday 09/15 6:15am
Water Temp: warm
Waves: BIG
Clarity: zero
Crew:  Julie, Showgirl

Last (successful) Swims:  Julie says Monday morning was an amazing swim to the Love Rock, and I'm sure there was a Monday night swim

Before heading to the beach tis morning, I had checked the weather on my phone and listened to the weather on the radio, and both forecasts clearly missed the mark.

Julie and I optimistically arrived in the parking lot at the new, 6:15AM swim time.  The air temp was dropping, the wind was kicking up, the sky was ominous, and we could hear waves  hitting the beach.  (And mosquitoes, of course, but why waste more time discussing those bastards?)

Julie said, "how about a quick one?" and we grabbed our stuff and headed down the stairs. Once on the beach, the waves were daunting, with breakers close to shore and big splashes over the rock piles.

Queue the lightening flashes.
(I have NO idea what that yellow horizontal line is. Just ignore it.)

(Yellow line again?? Perhaps an alien spacecraft moving too fast for the naked eye? Horizontal lightening flash?)

We had some lovely beach chit-chat, slapped at the mosqitoes (little blood-sucking f*ers), took some pics, admired the lone red tree that's on the way to mudslide, and finally relinquished our hopes for a swim.

The rain held off until we were almost up the ramp. Here's hoping for clear weather this evening.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Weekday swim Times

Next Swims:  Monday thru Friday 6:15AM and 5:45PM

Due to shorter days we need to modify the weekday swim times. After much discussion we settled on 6:15 AM for the morning swim and 5:45 for the evening swim.

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Friday, September 14, 2018

Weekend Looks Good

Next Swims:
- Friday 9/14 5:30PM
- Saturday Noon (Shipwreck swim at Atwater beach)
- Sunday noon, Klode

Last Swim:  Thursday 9/13 6PM
Water Temp: 66
Waves:  Almost Calm
Water Clarity: Good and improving
Crew:  Itch, Mr. Bubble, Drangonfly, Stickler, Leslie, Sir James, Patriarch

Despite the shorter days there’s still good swimming to be had.  Water temps have been holding in the mid-sixties.  The forecast for the weekend is sunny, warm, low winds, and nearly calm water.

Itch has proposed a shipwreck swim on Saturday.  Our last two attempts were foiled by murky water. It could happen again but there’s reason for optimism as the water clarity has been improving.

As for next week, I think it’s time we bow to the inevitable and move the weekday morning swim later and the evening swim earlier.  I propose 6:30AM and 5:30PM for the weekday swims.  Please comment.

P.S.  Please note that tonight’s (Friday) swim has been moved up to 5:30PM

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Fwa, Fwa, Fwa

Next Swim:
   Mon-Fri 6am & 6pm

Last Swim:
    Sunday noon
       Water Temp: High 60's
       Waves: Yep; Waves 4' to 6'
       Clarity: not really
       Driftwood: lots, and lots on the beach
       Crew: Magic Mike, Moondawg, innagaddadavida, Kahuna, Dipper Guy
       Shore Support: Dragonfly, Itch, Diablo, a first-timer who's name may have been elisa, Squezakahuna, and Houndakahuna, 

Sunny skies, reasonably warm water, white caps and pounding surf hitting the rocks greeted the Kru as we descended down the path today.  A good time was had as the Kru headed north, most of us made it almost to birches, moondawg going further.  Dipper Guy just played in the waves in the cove.  More of a battle coming back.  A rousing game of "get the stick in the hole" and "get the rock in the hole" was enjoyed by most on our return. Below is some video of the four of us out there. 

We have reached that stage of the season where we may want to move the morning swim a little later, like to 6:15 or 6:30.  But for now, I've indicated 6:00.   

Finally, for those of you who have been waiting to see the drone footage from the attempted shipwreck swim from a weeks weeks back, try clicking on this link:  

 LM Swimmers.m4v