A simple description of Avila Beach this morning was fog, lots of dense fog. The sun was shining just a couple of blocks inland but the fog was laying on the surface of the water and up on the beach. there was no wind so the water was flat and smooth. In keeping with the totally unpredictable temperature swings this summer the water was a bracing 53. This was after a 61 on the previous Wednesday evening. Waiting on the beach for the visibility to improve were Tim, Samantha and Pepper from SLO Tri and Niel, Sylvia, Gary Cushing, Gerry Gross, Pete and Chad. I could occasionally see parts of the buoy line from the sand but the fog was coming and going so we decided to wait and see if conditions would improve. At 11:40 the fog was consistently lifting and we could see the end of the pier so we got in. We did a rout that would give us good visual references if the fog came back in. Most of us swam straight out to the end of the pier, around and to the last buoy at the creek. We grouped up there and came back along the buoy line, under the pier and in to the beach. Gerry and Sylvia, forgoing wetsuits, picked their own routes along the buoy line. Other than the temperature the swimming conditions were beautiful and everybody was happy with the swim. By the time we had showered and gotten back to to our chairs the sun was out and the fog was gone.