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Swim Report – July 23, 2016 – WGN Edition

Saturday morning was a real scorcher, with the air temperature already coming in at a sultry 80F at 4:30am. But that didn’t keep people from making it out to world famous L1! I had set the meetup time for 5:30am, but sunrise didn’t officially happen until about seven... Read More


Swim Report – July 16, 2016 – High Summer

After a slight dip in the water temperature earlier in the week, the lake came in at an almost perfect 68F on Saturday morning. And the later swim start time of 5:30am brought more new faces out to L1! Now that the days are getting shorter, I no longer have to settle for bad... Read More


Swim Report – July 9, 2016 – Over the Hump

With sunrise taking place at 5:30am these days, we finally got a chance to sleep in a bit now that the days are getting shorter. Fortunately, the water is also getting warmer! Despite the caterwauling and pearl clutching of all those who insisted that the Saturday morning lakefront... Read More


Swim Report – June 18, 2016 – Goodbye Spring!

The unseasonably hot weather caused the lake temperatures to spike this weekend. Not that we were complaining… Despite the super early sunrise, we had quite a festive crowd out at L1 at 5:15am. And when I took the lake temperature reading, the mercury came in at a sizzling... Read More


Swim Report – June 11, 2016 – Dog Days of Spring

Saturday turned out to be a real scorcher with the air temp reaching 94F by late afternoon. Fortunately for us, we got in a swim in near perfect conditions while it was still marginally tolerable outside! In the final weeks leading up to the Summer solstice, the days are still... Read More


D-Day – June 6, 1944

“I hope people remember there were many men who sacrificed their lives and youths. We were young when we went over there, but we came back old men. It was a supreme sacrifice. I hope people remember, there were some of us willing to die for democracy, because we believed in... Read More

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