Today was all fog

It was kind of a yucky day at the beach. Cold, foggy, no sunshine. The water temp was around 59 degrees, but with no sunshine it felt a lot colder. Only 4 of us swam and I was the only genius that thought it was a good idea to skip the wetsuit. I did however swim in a rash guard for the first time and that went pretty well. I just hate the feeling of swimming over the top of kelp with my bare chest, it’s all slimy and scratchy, a layer of fabric between me and the nature seems to be a good idea.

We decided to go with an easy to navigate swim along the buoy line and back, then around the top of the pier. We didn’t want to wander too far and get lost in the fog. On the way out the surf was pounding way harder than usual, it was breaking taller than me! Once we got past it everything was actually pretty smooth. We swam down to the end of the buoy line without incident and then back to where we started. After regrouping we looped up towards the end of the pier. The people on the pier were looking at us like we were nuts. They’re probably right. As we got closer to the end of the pier we realized that the fog had been blocking a ton of seals and birds that were floating around out there. Whoops. Seals were everywhere and pelicans were diving for their lunches. My conservative count would be that we swam though a group of at least 15-20 seals. On the way back down the other side of the pier some of them followed us for fun. At one point I poked one with my hand as it swam under me. It scared the hell out of me because I only felt it, I couldn’t see it in the water. It was squishy and a little slimy and a life experience I really could have lived without!

At our last regrouping point everyone was feeling a little chatty except me in my freaked out and wetsuit-less state. My main contribution to the conversation was “so, uh, about that beach…” and with that we made our way back to shore. I may have sprinted portions of it :) All told it was about a mile of swimming. We spent 30 minutes in the water. Besides almost having a seal induced panic attack I had a good time out there, I just wish the sun would have made an appearance!



from the pier looking back at the beach


one of the few slivers of sunshine


Working my human thermometer (I missed by 1 degree today)


Today’s route – Map Source

3 Responses to “I Poked a Seal”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Open water swimming is, generally, a bad idea. There are no seals now, nor will there ever be any seals, in any of the pools where I swim. Because there are no seals, there are no hungry sharks.

  2. Rob D says:

    I really like swimming in the ocean, but I do wish that we could mark off some human only areas… swimming with sea creatures is "magical" and all, but I could live without it.

  3. Trev says:

    To be honest, I would have $#!* my pants if I brushed up against a seal while swimming.