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Friday, August 10th 2012

[No photo today.  My hands were shaking too badly.]

Good Harbor.  Up to my waist at 10:25 p.m.

Today was a first.  I made it to the beach tonight, but I didn't actually get my head wet.  Not because I was too tired or it was too cold or I forgot my suit. 

I respect the Big Water too much.  And my own life.

The rip tide, a phenomenon I had always likened to something of an urban legend, is a very real thing.  It was so dark tonight and the waves were so loud and because I was by myself, I was terrified to take my normal swim.  I don't know why I was so unnerved, but I really couldn't ignore my heart rate.  Or the fact that I was sweating.  And shaking.  I've only felt this feeling one other time in my life--the very real sense that I might be experiencing the last few moments of my life--and I was lucky enough to have eluded my mortality (and a very bad accident) then.  I truly wasn't sure if I jumped into those waves headfirst, I would tonight.

So.  It was a half-swim.  Still counts, in my mind--I wanted to be here to experience the rest of season.

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