I don't normally go out to the marina on Monday afternoons, but Gords had talked to someone at KSL who wanted to get some video of people swimming at GSL as a lead up to Saturday's race. There was a pretty good group there who all wanted to be part of the KSL story and show that people really do swim in the Great Salt Lake. Today's swimmers were Goody, Kim, Chad, Erin, Etsuko, Kris, Rachel and myself. Chad's friend Lang also came along with his kayak.
My State Parks pass expired a few days ago and I stopped in to see Dave Shearer and get a new one. This is the best $75 I spend all year. The pass gets you into any State Park and also gets you a discount on camping. It sure beats paying $2 to $10 for a single day use.
We never saw anyone from KSL. I tried calling Gords without any luck. I ended up getting a hold of him through Google Talk. He called his contact, who told him that they weren't able to get anyone down today and that they would try to have someone there on Saturday. Lame.
With that bit of disappointing news, we all headed down the boat ramp and got in. Chad said the water temperature was about 74 degrees. There was a pretty good wind this afternoon which made for some pretty awesome waves out on the lake. I didn't feel like battling the waves and had some things to do back at home so I was just going to swim a mile. We sat around waiting for KSL in the parking lot for so long, that I decided to just swim out the white buoy and back. The waves were pretty crazy at this point and Erin, Kris, Etsuko, Rachel and I started swimming. I stopped a couple times on the way to the white buoy to see how everyone was doing. Kris and Erin were doing great and seemed to be enjoying it. I could tell Rachel and Etsuko were having a tough time and we saw them turn around and head back (against the wind and waves) to the marina. I caught up with Rachel, who was a little scared, and convinced her that it would be easier to swim with the waves and get out at Silver Sands. We swam out past the rocks until we could safely head into the beach. The wind died down quite a bit as we were getting out and everyone made it out safely.
We were all pretty bummed about KSL not showing up to do the story, but I know at least I had fun being tossed around in the waves.