Saturday, October 6, 2012

Last Swim of the Season. Or not?

Next Swim:  Sunday 10/6 at 11AM,  note the Lakefront Marathon is being held Sunday morning and the course goes right by Klode, it may be difficult or impossible to get to the parking lot, so it might be necessary to park on a side street and walk there.

Last Swims:
Friday 6AM, Saturday 2PM
Water Temp: 56
Waves:  Gentle rollers
Water Clarity:  Poor Friday, Excellent Saturday
Friday Crew: Gundrop
Saturday Crew:  Cap'n, Gumdrop, Patriarch

I went to the beach today with the idea that this would be my last swim of the season.  The water is cold, the air is colder, the days are short.  It's been a great summer, the best swimming summer by a long shot.  From the beginning of July to the beginning of September we had warm water and outstanding swimming, and I swam more often and further than any previous summer. So time to quit while we're ahead, right?

Cap'n has other ideas.  He believes that because one of the crew proclaimed we will swim to Halloween, we are honor bound to complete that quest.  I tried to argue with him.  Just because some drunken crew member makes some crazy incoherent bluster does not mean we are honor bound to complete the task.  After all, even the crew member that made the quest admits it is a bad idea and is no longer himself committed to the goal.  Cap'n will have none of it.  "The crew must complete the quest" he shouted with a crazy gleam in his eye. "Rum for all and all for rum!"  That's why he's the Cap'n.  I tried to talk to him with wisdom and common sense (that's why I'm the Patriarch), but to no avail.

While Cap'n and me were arguing Gumdrop was muttering half-coherent ramblings about a season ending ceremony involving singing, hired escorts, and lots of Killepitsch.  That's why he's a Gumdrop.

Thursday, October 4, 2012 swim

Next Swim:  Friday 6am? & Saturday 10/6 2pm

Last Swims:
  • Monday 10/1 6AM & 5:30PM
  • Tuesday 10/2 6AM
  • Wednesday 10/3 6AM
  • Thursday 10/4 6AM & 5:30PM
Thursday 10/4 5:30PM report
  • Water Temp:  61.8
  • Air Temp:  64
  • Waves:  dead calm with occasional swell
  • Clarity:  clear further out
  • Crew:  Capt'n with special guest appearance by The Patriarch
Admittedly I showed up 10 minutes late and when I found a crew of zero waiting for me on the beach I figured that I'd just take a water temp reading and call it a night.  Much to surprise the water temp was 62, the lake surface was flat and the clarity was how could I say "no" to a skin swim???  Not I!  The Patriarch did though....but without his swim gear I'm sure he didn't want to get his hair wet.  :)  Nonetheless, it was great to see The Patriarch back on the beach!

Thursday 10/4 6AM report (from Showgirl)
  • Water Temp: High 50's
  • Air Temp: about 60?
  • Waves: like glass.
  • Clarity: zip.
  • Crew: Gumdrop, Showgirl, and some freaky fish that swam by Showgirl
Next swim: Thurs. 5:30 PM (tentative) Per Lorraine this is potentially the last swim of the season, but I really hope not!

Wednesday 10/3 5:30PM report (from Lorraine)
  • Water temp: high 50's
  • Air temp: 62
  • Waves: 1/2 - 1 foot rollers
  • Clarity: cloudy but clearer near mudslide
  • Crew: Showgirl, Diablo, Gumdrop, Lorraine and Dave
 Wednesday 10/3 6AM report (from Gumdrop)
  • Water Temp: High 50's
  • Air Temp: about 50.
  • Waves: noisy small rollers.
  • Clarity: a little stirred.
  • Crew: Gumdrop, Showgirl
  • Next swim: wed. 5:30 PM

Monday & Tuesday 6AM reports (from Gumdrop)
  • Water Temp: High 50's -60 
  • Air Temp: Monday about high 40's, Tuesday 50. 
  • Waves:Monday a littler chop Tuesday, flat.
  • Clarity: Monday shaken, not stirred Tuesday Clear.
  • Crew: Monday; Gumdrop, Showgirl Tuesday;Diablo,Gumdrop,Showgirl 
 Monday 10/1 5:30PM report (from Capt'n)
  • Water Temp: 59.6 (with pockets of colder water)
  • Air Temp: 68
  • Waves: flat.
  • Clarity: cloudy / clear in spots
  • Crew:Lorraine, Capt'n