It was gray all of the way down to the horizon and all of the way around this evening. The surf was not large but there was a minus tide at 5:30 PM so the waves were forming up to break just inside of the buoy line. The water was clean and 61 degrees. The ocean was very empty with only no birds except for a few gulls and one lonely seal. There were small wind waves form the south. Rob and I got in on the west side and swam down to the creek and came back to the pier. We had planned to stay close to the beach in case the clouds and fog settled in and we lost some visibility The surge was exposing 3 to 4 feet of mussels and barnacles on the pilings so we declined swimming under the pier and instead went out to the end and around. Swimming out along the pier into the incoming tide and the south swell took a surprising amount of extra effort. We rounded the end of the pier, waved to a woman who was crabbing from the end of the pier so she could shoot some video of us and took a wide swing away from the pier into the beach.
We covered less than a mile but it felt great to get and enjoy the favorable swimming conditions.