Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Happy Kru Year! An Epic Polar Plunge

Next Swims: contact Diablo, Itch, & Anonymous via comments in the blog, or check back in May

Last Swim: Wednesday, 01/01/20, high noon
Water Temp: COLD
Air Temp: 34 with wind out of the south
Waves: a tiny chop
Clarity: Itch says it's never clear in the winter, and he would know.

Swimming Kru: Mr. Anonymous, Itch, Diablo, Eric, Amelia

Plunging Kru: Panini, Drangonfly, Forger, Moondwg, other randos

Shore Support: Hank, NSN, Showgirl, Squeeze o'Showgirl, We'taco, Squeeze o'We'taco, and welcome Daniel, Squeeze o' Amelia, extra bonus rogue Weiner Dog Mutt and his owner.

This was our most amazing polar plunge yet.  NINE badasses got in the water, and four of those did significant swims of 20-30 minutes. Incredible.

It was sunny and lovely as a surprisingly large crowd gathered in the parking lot. Some of us clearly had no intention of getting in the water, others came prepared.

A large cooler was hauled down to the beach.  (this is forshadowing)

We graciously shared our beach with other groups who came, jumped in, and departed, all while we continued to socialize and enjoy ourselves, just like any ordinary day at Klode.

A new level of preparedness has emerged:  several swimmers brought bag chairs so that they could sit in comfort while changing into their swim outfits. Swimmers previously known for their extreme minimalism (I'm looking at you, Diablo) have embraced this new trend of bringing actual furniture to the beach. History will judge.
The laundry basket is also an interesting new beach accessory.

Those who actually planned to swim, sat in their chairs, carefully applied layers of neoprene, and ultimately made their way into the water.  They swam south.

Those who plunged were less organized.  They ran in, submerged, and ran out.

Ursain swims

Remember that cooler I mentioned earlier?  In a feat of epic benevolence (a feat for feet!), Moondawg brought a cooler of hot water to share with everyone.  It was a tiny bathtub for freezing swimmers to warm their hands and feet.

Panini shared her amazing homemade macarons. Itch shared hot cocoa.  Eric shared marshmallowy treats. Perhaps most importantly, Itch also shared the Killepitsch.

And, if you've read this far, I will reward you with this photo of swimmerly love:

I've got more pics-- add a comment or text me if you want them.

Saturday, December 28, 2019

Polar Plunge @ Klode on Wednesday?

Next Swim:  New Year's Day?

Ms. Northshore Nancy sent a few of us a PM saying:
Panini and I were discussing a potential polar plunge at Klode on New Years Day. Would you post to the blog and see if there is any interest.

Please post a comment if you're interested and when you could make it.

btw - found this website for surf forecasts. Includes current water temp but doesn't show trends. It says current water temp is 40, which is average temp this time of year.

Monday, November 25, 2019

Santa Rampage December 7

And, by the way, Santa Rampage, Dec. 7.  Just sayin....
There has traditionally been a significant Klode Kru Kontingent, why should 2019 be any different?

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Here Comes the Sun King

Next Swims: Mon - Fri @  5:30 pm,
Saturday/Sunday @ Noon

Last Swim: Sunday, 10/27 @ Noon
Water Temp: 45 per itch-0-meter
Air Temp: 49 at Noon, warmed up to 55 by 1:00, pure sun, not a cloud in the sky
Waves: 6-8" by the rocks,  lighter further out and reportedly bigger swells even further out
Clarity: all sorts of gunk by the beach, clearer further out but still translucent
Kru: Mr. Bubble, Mr. Anonymous, Itch, Diablo, Eric

Arrived at 11:50 and saw a guy who also looked like he had come to swim but didn't recognize him at first - it was Eric. He said he came down to see if anyone else was going to come today - same for me.  No sooner get done saying that than Itch's pickup pulls up, Diablo's car pulls in and then Mr. A shows up on his bike.  I look over at Eric and say "I guess we're doing it".  

We trudge down to the beach and stop to look at the ton of junk that is floating in the water on the north side of the beach, after the steel barrier.  Almost solid black.  Our stretch of beachfront has some junk floating in it, but must be 50 times more on the other side.  Itch does his thing with the itch-o-meter, no one is surprised and no one changes their mind about going in.  

Everybody gets back at the same time and we prepare to partake of the sacramental Killepitsch - what should we toast to?  "The Sun!", says Eric.  "The Sun King!" elaborates Mr. Bubble.   Ever the contrarian, Itch makes his toast to "The Waves".  We debate this for a few seconds - we liked being warmed by the sun.  Itch explains the basis for his outlook  - "Everybody says good things about the sun.  The waves don't get dick!".   Sold!  "The waves don't get dick - I'll drink to that!"

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Twist again....

Next Swims: Mon - Fri @  5:30 pm,
Saturday/Sunday @ Noon

Last Swim: Wednesday, 10/9 @ 5:30 pm
Water Temp: 55 per itch-0-meter
Air Temp: 60 and cooling, light cirrus clouds
Waves: 4" - 6" swells at regular intervals
Clarity: 5/10
Kru: Mr. Bubble, Synchro, Mr. Anonymous, Itch, Handyman Hank, Tattoo Lady, Super Hera

I know it can't/won't last - in the meantime, it's a treat to have these mid 50 water temps, clear sky with the setting sun, lake has a naturally beautiful color.

So, if you haven't been to Klode for a while, then
Come on let's twist again like we did last summer
Yeah, let's twist again like we did last year
Do you remember when things were really hummin'?
Yeah, let's twist again, twistin' time is here

Things are still really hummin' - Twistin' time is definitely still here!

btw - Brent Emery asked me to share that he has neoprene gloves on sale at his shop for $25.  

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Otra Vez

Next Swims: Mon - Fri @  5:30 pm,
Saturday/Sunday @ Noon

Last Swim: Tuesday, 10/8 @ 5:30 pm
Water Temp: 56 foot-0-meter
Air Temp: 60 and mild without a cloud in the sky, light wind
Waves: 8" - 12" swells at regular intervals
Clarity: Pretty good  3-4/10
Kru: Mr. Bubble, Handyman Hank, Synchro

Synchro's first swim after returning from CA.  Hank actually drove a car to Klode.  But otherwise, things very much the same today as yesterday - sunny, cloudless sky, consistent water temps, relatively clear water.    

Made a symbolic toast without the K-Pitsch - best swim of the season since Synchro got back.  

Monday, October 7, 2019

Carpe Diem

Next Swims: Mon - Fri @ 6 am and 5:30 pm,
Saturday/Sunday @ Noon

Last Swim: Monday, 10/7 @ 5:30 pm
Water Temp: 56 per itch-o-meter
Air Temp: 60 and mild without a cloud in the sky
Waves: Very gentle ripplest - almost glass mostly, very light ripples here and there
Clarity: Nice but not crystal, 3/10
Kru: Mr. Bubble, Itch, Diablo, Mr. Anonymous, AA, Linda the Lamprey

I was going to skip swimming tonight and come back this weekend until I got a glimpse at the weekend forecast - high 30s/low 40s.   Today is supposed to be the warmest day this week.  Not too many more beautiful days like today left this year.  No need to think any further.