Saturday, July 11, 2015

Landmark Naming Contest!

Next Swims:  11AM Sunday July 12th, 6AM  Monday July 13th

Last Swim: Saturday July 11th, 8AM
Water Temp: 61
Waves: Calm
Water Clarity: Good, not quite crystal clear
Crew: Brian, Don Diego, Beefstick, Slip-n-Slide, Krista, Becca, Nivens McTwist, Tiny Mother, Gumdrop, Kelly, Jack Frost, Renee, Mark, Anna, Showgirl, Crash, Kahuna, Sonnakuhuna, Diablo, Capt'n, Patriarch
Wetsuit/Skin: 5/16
Pitsch Count: 18

For many years we've counted on established landmarks along the shore to guide our swims and estimate distance.  But high water, overgrowth, and the ravages of time have made many of them difficult or impossible to see, and a few are just gone.  Going north, the first landmark is "Sewer Pipe", which is still there.  But the next landmark "Garage" is so overgrown that it's visible only in direct light.  "Cedar Grove" never made sense, there are no cedar trees there.  "Mudslide" is obscured by overgrowth, and "Downed Tree" is no longer there.  "Three Piers" is actually three jetties and mostly covered by the high water.  Red (orange?) kayak is no longer on the beach, who knows why.

Going south, "South Beach" is mostly wiped out by the high water, and "Picnic Table" is back in the woods and hard to see.  "Yellow Kayak" is no longer there, although "Silver Spring" storm sewer is still there, as are "First Staircase" and "Second Staircase".  I've not been as far as "Flat Rock" but I suspect it's covered by water.

So we need new landmarks!  Submit your entries to me, along with a non-refundable $20 (cash only!) submission fee (and add $10 handling and facility fees).  Any entry with "Patriarch" in it's name will receive extra consideration (e.g. "Patriarch's Point", "Patriarch's Pier") .  All decisions final.  No refunds.  Good luck!  


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