Sunday, January 14, 2018

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Conditions today were very much like last Sunday, except better. Like last week, runoff from rain earlier in the week had the bacteria count at the mouth of San Luis Obispo Creek at 7 times the safe level for contact so we stayed well ayay on the east side of the pier. The better part was that there was more sun and it was warmer. The water temperature was 55 degrees with occasional 3 to 4 foot waves that went down while we swam.  We swam out to the end of the Avila Pier, to Fossil Point and back parallel to the beach for a swim that was 1.22 miles. 


We had nine swimmers today; Niel, Heidi, Kurtis, Karen, Sara, with husband Ben who stayed with Mckinsey (5) while we swam, Tom, Jim, Phil and Jonny. Kurtis was back to swim with us after a two year beak. I think that we will be seeing more of him again. Outside the surfline the water was smooth and glassy with really nice swimming conditions.

Tom, Jim and Karen at the end of the pier. 


Phil at the Avila Pier


Phil and Karen at Fossil Point


Jonny, Kurtis, Heidi and Karen at Fossil Point. 
There was a bit of a swell near the point.

niel

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Sunday, January 7th, 2018



We had beautiful swimming conditions today except for the fog. The visibility kept changing, promising to clear and then closing back in.  The best plan was to swim parallel to the beach in case the fog closed in or we were separated. The water temperature was 57 degrees with small waves and no wind. 
In the water were Niel, Heidi, Duke, Karen, Sydney, Sam, Jim, Jonny, Tom, Phil and John.  We started out thinking that we were going to do a lap of the beach along the nonexistent buoy line, but this was reconsidered on the first leg. After Wednesday's rain the creek was very dirty, (http://www.surfrider.org/blue-water-task-force/chapter/34), with readings that were three to 140 times the state standard for safe contact, so we decided to stay of the east side of the pier away from the creek.  A swim parallel to the beach down to Fossil Point and back was a nice mile. The water was very clean except for near the point where there was some mild red tide, which is very unusual for this time of the year. 

I think that that is John who is trying to boot up his x-ray 
vision in order to see through the fog to Fossil Point.


Duke explaining to Sydney and Sam how it makes him feel when they blow past him,
 with Tom in the background backstroking to the beach.


niel