Hey, we got to swim today. The weather cleared, the creek is still dirty but our getting in time was just after high tide so all of the poo from the creek would be heading straight out to sea away from the beach, so , we planned a swim on the side of the pier opposite the creek. At high tide I can get an Avila Beach water temperature from the pier, so we knew that the water was 52 degrees. Access to the pier is limited to a short distance from shore because the pier has structural deficiencies that make it unsafe. Unfortunately, the Port San Luis Harbor Commission which has responsibility for the pier has no plans to have it repaired.
Swimming today were Heidi, Amy, Niel, John and Johnny. Mark Olson joined us on his inflatable SIP.
|Amy, Heidi and John wading in.In the background you can see on person on the pier and a light pole.|
The barricade is between them.
|Mark ready to pick us up.|
|Heidi in the foreground then Mark and Johnny.|
That is not a surf perch but my toes in the bottom of the picture.
|Amy, John, Johnny and Mark. There wasn't much wind or chop but the swell|
was rolling under us a long way off shore.
|John at the end of the pier.|
|Johnny, John, Niel, Amy and Heidi|
Heidi has been following this swimmers blog about traditional open water swimming and thinks it is well worth reading. Also his photos are very nice.
by Donal Buckley