Friday, August 29, 2014

Annoying

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

Unworthy

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?

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Warm Water Continues

Next Swim: Friday 8/22 6AM

Last Swims:
Thursday 8/21 6PM
Water Temp: 70
Waves:  small rollers
Water Clarity: Good
Crew: Mitch, Jamie, Lorraine, Wonder Woman, Patriarch
Wetsuit/Skin: 0/5

Thursday 8/21 6AM
Water Temp: 69
Waves: ripples
Water Clarity: Very Clear
Crew: Kahuna, Showgirl, Gumdrop, Scooby, Diablo
Wetsuit/Skin: 0/5

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Ein Prosit

Next Swims:  Thursday August 21st 6AM & 6PM

Last Swims:
Wednesday 8/20 6AM
Water Temp: 71
Waves: Calm
Water Clarity: Excellent
Crew: Kahuna, Lane, Diablo, Capt'n, Panini, Patriarch, with Showgirl on shore enjoying the sunrise and resting her sore shoulder
Wetsuit/Skin: 1/5

Tuesday 8/19 6PM
Water Temp: 66, but pockets of warmer water
Waves: Calm
Water Clarity:  Excellent
Crew: Kelly, Ron, Lorraine, Showgirl, Capt'n, Patriarch, and Wonder Woman?
Wetsuit/Skin: 1/5

It was nice to see some old friends back in the water again.  I hadn't seen Ron or Kelly on the beach this year. They sure picked a good day to show up.  The water was clear and calm and warm enough for a long swim.

Afterwards we surrendered to the pleadings of Showgirl, who forced us to go to the Biergarten.  As it turned out it was a great choice.  We're accustomed to spectacular sunrises on the lake, but last night we saw a spectacular sunset over the river, accompanied by genuine German oompah band complete with leiderhosen.  Eins zwei drei g'suffa!