9.21.2013

Great Salt Lake in September

I had been planning to swim from Antelope Island to Black Rock this morning. After a conversation with the Harbormaster about the anticipated high winds, I decided to listen to his advice and cancel it. The wind was forecasted to blow fairly hard from south to north, which is exactly opposite of what I needed. There were all kinds of high wind warnings on the marina website. I don't know what a "negative storm swell" is, but it sounds bad.

Sue had volunteered to paddle for me for on the long swim. Since cancelling, we decided to go out to the marina anyway for a quick swim.

The water was nice. September is a really nice time to be out in the lake. The bugs are gone and the water temperature is still warm.

We swam out along the buoy line to the last red buoy. The wind was pushing us a little on the way out and we fought it a but on the way back. As we were getting back to the marina, the wind picked up and started making the water spray. I stopped just short of the boat ramp and Sue bumped into me ("head butted my butt" as she put it). I thought it was pretty funny. There were a few tour busses pulling up as we got out. All said, I think we did about 1.5 miles.

The water was so nice, Sue and I were talking about the possibility of organizing another GSL race in September, or at least a SLOW club swim. Sue suggested Saltair to Black Rock, which sounds like a lot of fun.

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