Sunday, July 5, 2009


Beach: Klode
Water temp: 54
Crew: Capt'n, Lindsey, Sandie, Brian, Patriarch
Water Clarity: Very clear
Next Swim: Monday 4:30PM Klode

The lake was bewitching this morning, a beautiful summer day, sun shimmering on clear navy blue water.  Despite sewage dumping, storm runoff, invasive species, and various shoreline "improvement" projects, the lake is still drop dead gorgeous, and despite the general impression that it's an open sewer, the water is very clear and clean (at least it was this morning).  It makes me think all is not lost.

And maybe one of these days it will warm up.  The water is colder than a witch's you-know-what.  Getting in was very difficult, but after a couple minutes of flailing as hard as we could to generate heat, it was tolerable enough in our wetsuits.  I recorded the water temperature at the shore at 54, but there were pockets of water that felt much warmer and much cooler.  Hopefully the sun will win this battle.  

When we arrived at "rockpile" we were greeted by a lady in a kayak.  She invited us to her house on Beach Drive for a hot drink.  "Anything we want", she said.  This was of course very tempting.  But wait.......  could she be the ghost of the infamous Witch of Beach Drive?  Luring us to certain doom?  

We turned back, not because we were afraid of the witch but because it would have required another mile of swimming in the cold water. Really, honestly, we were afraid of the cold water, not the cold heart of the witch (or her you-know-what).  Really!

In any case, the forecast for the next few days looks very promising, very warm and sunny.  

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