Monday, September 22, 2014

Doing what we're told

Next Swim:
   Monday September 22nd @ 5:30pm

Last Swims:
   Saturday September 20th @ 11am
      Water Temp: 52-56
      Waves: none
      Clarity:  clear
      Crew:  Diablo, Kahuna, Zoom-Zoom, Capt'n
      Skin/Suit:  2/2
      Pitsch Count:  4

   Sunday September 21st @ 3:30pm
      Water temp:  51
      Waves: building 2-4ft
      Clarity:  stirred up
      Crew:  Diablo, Kahuna, Gumdrop, Capt'n with Special Guest appearance by Gigi
      Pitsch Count: 4

The Kru was at the ready Sunday to walk the plank into an icy onslaught of waves that were building in size and ferocity.  The determined look in everyone's eyes said it all....we were going to get this swim done and celebrate our victory with a festive round of Pitsch...or two.  As we boldly walked towards the water edge you could practically cut our anxious anticipation with dagger.  All that stood between us and our destined swim in the icy turbulent waters of Lake Michigan were but a few feet of sand...riddled with sharp jagged rocks....and the waves that would hiss at us as they crashed into those sharp jagged rocks.  All that remained was our traditional proclamation of "walk the plank!" and we would be off.  As I drew in a deep breath to make that famed proclamation an excited female voice was heard shouting out to us to "Wait! Wait" from the sizable crowd of spectators that had assembled along the shores to witness the famed bravery of the Klode Kru.  With a puzzled look we turned around to see which lucky crew member had drawn the favor of was most sure to be a fine young Lass to wanted to bid one of us safe journey prior to walking the plank.  Much to our surprise was this voice came not from just any fine young Lass but none other than Gigi!  ...who as it turned out had a very important message for us.  Skipping the formalities of letting us know how great we looked, Gigi immediately proclaimed that we couldn't swim today. we didn't. 

The End.

Friday, September 19, 2014

11am Saturday September 20th (weather permitting)

Next Swim:
   Saturday September 20th @ 11am (weather permitting)

Ahoy there me Maties!  The weather be lookin' a wee bit iffy fer what say ya bout walkin' the plank at 11am?  Whilst I taint be certain bout the water conditions or how many of me hearty Kru mates may be present...I am sure to be bringing me treasured bottle of Pitsch!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Lake Michigan Dreams

Big Bay and back battling ten foot waves.  Warm clear water.    Wetsuits unnecessary.  Panini and Showgirl gliding over the waves. Mermaids swimming beneath us. Diablo grabbing their tails and launching them out of the water.  Kahuna washed up on the beach like a piece of driftwood.  Gumdrop swimming butterfly.  Capt'n, wearing his pirate costume singing "Good morning to you, good morning to you" in a hideous German accent. Beautiful sunrise as we swim.  Back to shore, we polish off a bottle of Pitsch.  Then I woke up.  It's dark and cold and I'm late.  I rush over to Klode to find Diablo and Panini and Showgirl walking back up the path, having decided it was too cold and too rough to swim.   Instead we went to Stone Creek for coffee and sweets.

P.S.  I am leaving for Nashville early tomorrow (Friday) morning for my granddaughter's fourth birthday.  Coming back Wednesday.  I'm not sure what Captn's plans are, but I suspect he'll be wanting to swim this weekend.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Inspired by Diablo

Next Swim: Wednesday September 17th 6AM

Last Swim: Tuesday September 16th 6AM
Water Temp: 55
Waves: One foot rollers
Water Clarity: Crystal
Crew:  Gumdrop, Diablo, Mr. Anonymous, Patriarch
Wetsuit/Skin: 2/2

I emerged from 55 degree water into 44 degree air and was very close to calling it a season.  But then I went home, had some breakfast, opened up the paper and this is what I see:
I am trying to find a copy of this picture or a link to it, but I can't find it on the Journal website.  Can anyone else?
P.S.  Here's another cool picture, this one from Gumdrop.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Bad Ass Swimming

Next Swim:  Tuesday September 16th 6AM

Last Swim:  Monday September 15th 6AM
Water Temp: 52
Waves: Calm
Water Clarity: Very Clear
Crew: Diablo, Capt'n, Mr. Anonymous, Panini, and me watching from shore
Wetsuit/Skin 3/1

Here's another reason we swim in cold water before dawn:  Panini says it makes her feel like a "bad ass".  I've never thought of it that way, but she has a point.  It takes a certain amount of grit to plunge into 52 degree water in the dark.    

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Warming Up

Next Swim:
   Monday September 15th @ 6am (bring your flashlight)

Last Swim:
   Sunday September 14th @ 11am
      Water Temp:  58
      Waves: none
      Clarity:  clear
      Crew:  The Patriarch, Diablo, Zoom-Zoom, Mr. Anonymous, Capt'n with guest appearance by Megan
      Skin / Suit:  2 / 3
      Pitsch Count:  6

In all likelihood it may be a wee bit dark when we arrive on the beach Monday morning so it may not be a bad idea to bring a flashlight.  Hopefully we won't need them while we swim or on our way back to the parking lot.  :) 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

You Know You're Alive

Next Swim: Sunday September 14th 11AM

Last Swim: Saturday September 13th 1PM
Water Temp: 55
Waves: 2 foot rollers
Water Clarity: Gunky near shore but much nicer 50 meters out
Crew: Panini, Monika, Nivens McTwist, Diablo, Gumdrop, Capt'n, Patriarch, and with a guest appearance by a woman rumored to be Miss Wisconsin 2006
Wetsuit/Skin: 6/1
PitschCount: 7

On days like today when the water is cold we ask ourselves "exactly why are we doing this?".  Nivens McTwist came up with the best answer yet, "Because you know you're alive".  It's not just the shock of jumping in cold water.  When we jump into the lake we're jumping out of the routine everyday world into a wild and unpredictable wilderness. It's fun and challenging and difficult, and a bit dangerous.  We're alive and joyful.  And we know the season is short and we're near the end so we savor every swim.  We'll be back at it tomorrow, of course.