Oceans

“You call me out upon the waters.

The great unknown, where feet may fail.

And there I find you in the mystery.

In oceans deep, my faith will stand.

And I will call upon your name.

And keep my eyes above the waves.

When oceans rise, my soul will rest in your embrace.

For I am yours, and you are mine.”

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I can swim the English Channel.  I know that.

I didn’t know it the first time I jumped into the pool 4 years ago.  I don’t have to do anything.  I can just be me.  I wasn’t trying to be a swimmer or an athlete or to get anywhere or across anything.  I was just being me.  Alone.  In my own head and heart and spirit.  And liking it.

I didn’t know it during that first event I ever swam in my entire adult life – 8 miles in Lake Champlain.  But I knew with certainty: I can do this. I can swim. I am strong. I can be me. Here. Now. In this. I can.

I didn’t know it at the end of that first 10 mile Kingdom Swim. When I stood up to an unexpected hillside of cheering people as I came in last. Last. And that’s okay. Because I’m me. That’s worth celebrating.

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LGS: Haven

The Lake George Adventure Swim took place over the Fourth of July weekend this past year.  It was a four day excursion across the length of Lake George in segments.  To read about the Mermaid I found during swim 1 you can click here. To read about the battle with Medusa during swim 2 click here. To read about Poseidon’s gift click here. To read about the Sirens click here.

Electrolytes.  Is that a euphemism for Scotch?

 –  Jack H. –

 

The next morning we were up early.  I love early mornings. They are so hopeful.  So quiet.

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Goodbye Red Rock Bay!!!

We had breakfast, packed up the boat, and snuck out of the campsite nice and quietlike (like a Fish!).  We headed north, motoring back to the spot we left the afternoon before.

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17 Days and Counting!

Hey Everybody!

I just thought I’d catch you all up on what’s happening.  It’s only 17 days until the start of my tide!  So exciting.

SWIM Across the Sound – 15.5 miles across Long Island Sound was cancelled after 2 hours and when conditions got to be too rough.  I was having fun, but it was for the best.

SWIM across the Sound

SWIM the Sound conditions

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LGS: The Sirens

The Lake George Adventure Swim took place over the Fourth of July weekend this past year.  It was a four day excursion across the length of Lake George in segments.  To read about the Mermaid I found during swim 1 you can click here. To read about the battle with Medusa during swim 2 click here. To read about Poseidon’s gift click here.

The Sirens

“’Come here,’ they sang, ‘renowned Ulysses, honour to the Achaean name, and listen to our two voices. No one ever sailed past us without staying…”

– Homer –

It was a rough ride back to our campsite through the wind and wake.  We began calculating for the next swim.  It was supposed to be the longest swim of the entire venture, roughly 8 miles from our campsite to Hulett’s Landing.  We realized that we would need to jump back in the water as soon as we got to the campsite and we probably wouldn’t have enough time to make it all the way to Hulett’s and keep our dinner engagement for the evening.  We had slept too late.

How come nobody ever oversleeps in Greek mythology?

Revised Swim Plan 2

Revised Swim Plan #2

We battled the wind up the lake and compromised amongst ourselves.  Doing the longer swim in the morning would probably be better – less boats, less wind, much better swim conditions.  We agreed that we would swim as far as time allowed today, designating a time stop point and then head back to the campsite to be ready for dinner.

It was a brief stop at the campsite and we were ready to launch again.

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LGS: Poseidon

The Lake George Adventure Swim took place over the Fourth of July weekend this past year.  It was a four day excursion across the length of Lake George in segments.  To read about the Mermaid I found during swim 1 you can click here. To read about the battle with Medusa during swim 2 click here.

 

Poseidon

For a friend with an understanding heart is worth no less than a brother. – Homer –

It’s hard to imagine that one can wake up late when your entire obligation for the day is to swim and eat and motor back and forth across a lake.  But it can be done.

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LGS: Medusa

The Lake George Adventure Swim took place over the Fourth of July weekend this past year.  It was a four day excursion across the length of Lake George in segments.  To read the first installment you can click here.

Lake George Adventure Swim: Medusa

A small rock holds back a great wave. – Homer –

 

The afternoon of the Fourth of July.

I was tired.  The kind of tired where your body can go on, but it’s leaving your brain behind.

So when Dave kayaked out through chop and waves created by 15 mph winds (gusting to 25 mph) and whizzing boat traffic to the sailboat to deliver the bag that I was supposed to have placed on the boat… and was completely swamped and tipped over… I just stood there watching.

“Oh.” I said, calmly.  And then, because it was such a true and accurate assessment of his predicament, I repeated myself.

“Oh.”

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