Saturday, August 29, 2009


Beach: Klode
Temp: 61
Waves: calm
Water Clarity: cloudy nearshore, great offshore
Crew: The Patriarch, Gumdrop, Capt'n
Next Swim: Sunday Noon Klode

Cloudy skies, an air temp in the low 60's and a strong northwest wind was prevalent as we strolled down to the Klode beach this afternoon. All the ingredients for a change in direction of our recent trend in water temps. Once again though, the Lady of the Lake showcased how unpredictable she can be.

The Patriarch's thermometer read a consistent 61 along the Klode shoreline. The recent upward trend of water temps has now stayed true to form for 3 consecutive days. We've got our fingers crossed for more of the same tomorrow.

Being one of the best swimming condition days of October...err, I mean August....we weren't about to let it go to waste. Our journey today covered approximately 2 miles taking us from Klode's southeast beach up to three piers and back. The water within the first 25-50 of shore was a cloudy mix of white sand and sky blue water. Further out the clarity improved considerably to the point where the lake bottom appeared to be only a few feet below.

Of notable interest with today's swim was nothing. No fish, no weeds, no rocks, nothing floating in the water....only a slight ripple of the lake surface. it was as if the entire bay were an 'etch-a-sketch' that had just been wiped clean.

The plan is to swim at noon Sunday. Forecast is calling for sunny skies and (slightly) warmer air temps. A great day for a swim? :)

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