Tuesday morning's swimmers (Carole, Margot, Joye, Tim, Kim, Magda, Greg and I along with "newbies" Attila and Nancy) found the lifeguard stand in an unusual place...tire tracks in front of the bathhouse told the story of how the local "youts" (we're guessing) got it up there. It did present a good vantage point to see over the brisk chop created by the northerly wind -- but at 6:30 in the morning there was only this lone seagull to take advantage of it. Nancy and Attila got something of a rough introduction to open-water swimming, between the wind and the outgoing tide, but that seems to have been the norm for newbies this season, as Paul (and returnee Jim Imhof) can attest! Still, they made it all the way out to the southern buoy, and then enjoyed a nice body-surfing ride back to the beach! We'll see if they come back for another taste of Salt!
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