South Beach, Leland. Fully immersed at 9:27 a.m.
A sad, sad morning--just out of sight of the camera's lens is the USCG searching for the missing body of a 16-year-old boy. He was found not long after we left the beach--our thoughts and prayers go out to his grieving family.
Good Harbor. Fully immersed at 8:36 p.m.
A night I'd been looking forward to all summer: a mini reunion with a few of my favorite friends from the first half of my life. Home for just a week from California and Colorado, I am so happy they wanted to squeeze in a bonfire and a swim in Big Blue.
Good Harbor. Fully immersed at 9:52 a.m.
A beautiful morning for a swim. We had almost the entire beach to ourselves, save for one other woman and her Chesapeake Bay Retriever. The physical structure of the beach is visibly altered by the strong winds and riptides from the week before last. There is also lots of algae. Where does it come from? The water is almost as cold as it was in mid-June...I don't want summer to end!
Suttons Bay Municipal Beach. Fully immersed at 8:20 p.m.
Sunday is probably my favorite day of the week. Even though 10 years after college graduation, I still experience the Sunday night blues, it's the one day of the week I really try to relax. Today was an extreme example--I stayed in bed, alternately reading and sleeping, until 2:30. I haven't done that for years! (Last night's shenanigans may have played a small part....) On Sunday evenings, after dinner, Curt and I sometimes head to Leland or Suttons Bay, grab some ice cream and walk around the village, seeing if we can imagine giving up farm living for life in a little harbor town. (We can.) Things are noticeably slower around town and the cooler weather is a sure sign that summer is on its way out. I'd love to see some more days in the 80s--the water is not nearly as warm as it was a month ago!
Good Harbor. Fully immersed at 11:58 p.m.
Late night swimming at its finest! We were at a neighbor's party when I realized the time....we made it down to the water with minutes to spare. No time for a swimsuit, even. And after our dip? Back to the party for more tomfoolery.
North Beach, Leland. Fully immersed at 9:58 a.m.
Oh, Morning Swim, how I've missed you! I can't tell you how renewing it is to sink into a harbor of cold, clear, glass-flat water in the early hours before the rest of the world steps into it. When the sun is on your back and you have the chance to collect a pocketful of Leland blues in watery solitude, it may be the very best antidote to those clunky thoughts taking up residence in your brain.