Saturday, October 29, 2011

Good Low Tide Surf and Swim Day in Oceanside

Very low tide again Friday 5PM.  The water was very flat though, great for swimming.  The surf break was good stretched out along the beach-the surfers didn't have to crowd into a small area.  2-3 foot with decent shape. Visibility only about 4 feet.  Getting colder. I'd say we're at the 59-60 degree point. Starting to hurt the skin.  I have this great swim cap that my daughter gave me which is amazing at keeping the head warm.  My swim took 34 minutes-a long time with the low tide.  Coming in the energy is just sapped from the body by the cold-it's interesting.
A beautiful beach day in Oceanside, California.

"The first time you quit is the last time you try."

Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Water was Wet Today

The tide was very low but there were some 3 foot waves-kind of sloppy ones but surfers were having fun.  The water was choppy and cold.  I got the direction of the current correct today, anyway.  I swam north to south.  25 minutes with the low, low tide.  That was just about right with the water temp today.  I didn't want to do much.

"The first time you quit is the last time you try."

Rough Water Swim Around the Pier-and I was going to rest instead

I really needed a day off from the beach but I had to drive by and check out the water.  I could see whitecaps from where I work and it was rough and sloppy.  The beautiful visibility was gone.  Only a handful of surfers. No visibility. The wind was blowing the surface water southeast.
I swam against a moderate current and two-foot chop to get around the pier.  It was one of those days when you wonder when/if you are going to get around it.  It took me 46 minutes-and that was with a really low tide.

"The first time you quit is the last time you try."

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Swimming for Shells and I Wish I had this Car

I was hoping that the visibility would be great again because I wanted to dive for sand dollars and shells.  It wasn't.  It was 10-12 feet visibility but stirred up somewhat.  Still, I collected a bunch of good sand dollars.  I was in for about 25 minutes and got cold enough.  I wanted to show off my wheels, so I took some photos of it in the parking lot.  Pretty cool, eh?     NOT!
I just saw this silly car with the frame on the ground and had to take a picture.  Crazy.
Must be some hydraulics to lift it up and make one feel extra macho or something. 

"The first time you quit is the last time you try."