I actually prefer these crisper mornings to the warmer ones. There is little to no haze in the air, so you tend to get some very clear and spectacular sunrises – which is precisely what we got this morning!
When I arrived at L1, there was already a small group huddled together in the 52F air temp. Several more people joined us shortly thereafter – just in time for Mr. Sol’s grand entrance.
After a fair amount of socializing/procrastinating, we all got in the lovely 70F lake and swam south to the beach, where we pretty much repeated the process before turning back. We had a slight swell to contend with, but it was more of a novelty than a nuisance since the lake temperature was so pleasant.
So enough words…I’ll just let the images speak for themselves!
Sunrise close up
Danny, Marton, and Patrick
Lake Monster class picture at the beach
Mark, Lake Monster 266 (congrats!)
Kay, Lake Monster 267 (congrats!)
Nanna, Lake Monster 268 (congrats!)
Patrick, Lake Monster 269 (congrats!)
Red, Lake Monster 270 (congrats!)
Today’s video compilation:
I didn’t make it out to L1 on Labor Day, but Dave was there – along with new Lake Monster Angela! A belated report, I know, but I’m finally catching up!
Dave, reposing in the chops
Angela, Lake Monster 265 (way to go!)
It was touch and go when I first got out to L1. The last remnants of a thunderstorm brought some heavy showers, and I ended up sharing the chess pavilion with some rain-soaked clubgoers who were on their way home after a very late night out. But these soon passed, and I trotted back out to L1 to get the official lake reading.
To my relief, the lake came in at a very agreeable 69F. Despite this spate of good luck, we had to contend with very rough swimming conditions, including 4-5 foot swells and some funky chops. That still wasn’t enough to keep us out of the water, however!
We all got in and made the long slog down to Oak Street Beach where the breaking waves lurked, punishing anyone who dared to turn their back on them. But we stared danger in the face and instead jumped in and out of them – all the while wishing we had brought some inner tubes.
Fortunately for us, we were able to finish our swim before the next storm came through. So by the time we all made it home, we could relax indoors while the downpour began anew.
L1 at daybreak
Intrepid Lake Monsters
Swim start – just in time for the rain
Briefly visible sunrise
Braving the waves
Doug, Lake Monster 264 (congrats!)
Calm before the next storm!
Today’s rockin’ video
The turn onto the first Kalihiwai Road (there are two) comes so abruptly that it’s easy to pass it up – which is exactly what we did. But after backtracking a bit, we finally got on the right road to the Secret Beach trailhead. And then the real adventure began…
It’s a short and steep hike down to the beach, but it’s well worth the effort. The journey is quite picturesque, and at the end of the trail you emerge right on one of Kauai’s loveliest – and least crowded – north shore beaches.
The first stop was in the water for a swim, of course. It was a bit odd swimming in salt water after being so acclimated to Lake Michigan. But the ocean was crystal clear and the water temperature came in at an amazing 82F. Also, we were fortunate to have much tamer waves as is the case on the north side during the summer months.
But the real treat was yet to come.
A short walk to the west the beach comes to an end at the lava flows. If you hike over these for a short distance, there are several natural tide pools you can swim in if the sea is calm. Luckily for us, the conditions were ideal. So we checked out several of them and even did some snorkeling in the larger ones.
And the best part was that we pretty much had all of them to ourselves!
View from the water
In swim shot
Secret tide pools
Private ocean side spa!
Finally back in town! Thanks to everyone for your well wishes. There are so many amazing places in the world, but it’s always great to come back home to friends and family.
We had a great crew of swimmers and curious onlookers show up at our 6:00am swim time. Technically, sunrise came at 6:07am, so we were running a bit early. But since we tend to procrastinate getting in the water anyway, we were more than on time.
The lake temp came in at a blazing 72F. This made the swim quite pleasant, although we had to contend with some pretty vigorous chops throughout the swim. But everyone had a blast at the 6am pool party!
The author back in his element
Fun in the chops!
Clara, Lake Monster 259 (congrats!)
Nate, Lake Monster 260, and Mike, Lake Monster 261 (congrats!)
Juergen, Lake Monster 262 (congrats!)
Christopher, Lake Monster 263 (congrats!)
Today’s video compilation:
We’ve definitely crested the hill of summer and are now at the beginning of the down slope. The sunrise times are noticeably later in the morning which, on the bright side, means that we can start our swims a bit later than 5:30am. But given a choice, I’d take a 5:30am swim time over extra sleep if it means having a longer day…
The air was a crisp 65F when I arrived at L1, a direct consequence of a later occurring sunrise. But unlike last week, we had a clear horizon to the east and a fantastically warm lake temperature of 72F. So we knew that once we got started with the swim, the sun would make its grand entrance and things would warm up pretty quickly – which is exactly what happened.
We began our swim in a somewhat agitated lake that proved to be much more of a challenge than it appeared from the shore. And the combination of swells and chops intensified throughout the swim, with some rather vigorous waves greeting us at Oak Street Beach.
Nevertheless, we powered through the southbound swells on our way back, essentially getting twice the workout of the first half of the swim. And while I certainly can’t speak for the others, I was done for the day by the time I reached L1!
L1 at daybreak
Sunrise shot from mid-swim in the chops
A wavy Oak Street Beach!
Group shot at the halfway point
Obed, Lake Monster 257 (congrats!)
Chris, Lake Monster 258 (congrats!)
Post-swim group shot of the intrepid Lake Monsters!
Video at the beach!
Is sure didn’t feel like late July this morning…
Sunrise came at 5:38am, but the sun itself was nowhere to be found. Instead, Ma Nature gave us a rather chilly and overcast morning along with a steadily increasing wind that was already producing some visible swells. Fortunately, however, the lake came through for us with a fantastic 72F water temperature.
The wind and waves intensified throughout the swim, and we had some 2-3 foot swells by the time we returned to L1. But it was more than manageable given the warmer water temps.
Yet another cool adventure out at the ole’ swimmin’ spot!
P.S. Kudos to all the new Lake Monsters for coming out on such an un-summerlike morning!
Race to the beach
Group shot at Oak Street Beach
One last dip!
Chris, Lake Monster #253
Chris, Lake Monster #254
Bart, Lake Monster #255
Maggie, Lake Monster #256
L1 was teeming with nature this morning, the highlight of which was a mesmerizing swarm of dragonflies that formed around us as we gathered out at the swim site. Really cool stuff!
Despite the early hour and the gusty wind predictions, we had a great turnout with several new swimmers earning their envy-inducing Lake Monster numbers. The forecasted 3-4 foot waves never really materialized. So other than a very slight swell, we had near perfect swimming conditions the entire time.
The big surprise, though, was the lake temperature. The official reading came in at 64.3F, with much colder layers lurking below the surface. This was quite a contrast from the 74F reading we had just a couple of weeks ago. But 64F is, at least in my opinion, an almost perfect temperature for lake swimming.
Wish you were out there with us!
Danny checking out the lake
Swimmers in action
Kristen, Lake Monster 247 (congrats!)
Jen, Lake Monster 248 (congrats!)
Eric, Lake Monster 249 (congrats!)
Peggy, Lake Monster 250 (congrats!)
Greg, Lake Monster 251 (congrats!)
Renee, Lake Monster 252 (congrats!)
Today’s super-awesome video!
Right now, I’m looking out my window while I type this, and I’m already getting antsy being inside and sitting in front of the computer. If only there was a way I could right click on the morning and copy and paste it 364 more times…
I met up with Mike over on Clark street, and we walked briskly down to L1 around 5:20am so as not to miss out on the sunrise. There was already a small crowd out by our swimming shrine, and more people streamed in before the magnificent orange sphere made its grand entrance a few minutes later.
With the lake temp coming in at a blazing 73.7F (and rising!), there was no need to ease into the lake – we all just jumped in and started heading south! A slight but constant northwest wind gave us some small chops on the way down to Oak Street Beach. But the swim back was much easier since we had the current in our favor.
I could write more about this morning, but I think the pictures can do a much better job of illustrating how awesome the swim was. And yes, you really should have been there this time!
P.S. Best wishes to Lake Monsters Ines and John who are moving away this month. Make sure you come back for another swim as soon as you can!
Close up shot
Taking the plunge
Lake Monsters heading south
Another sunrise shot, mid-swim
Lake Monsters heading north
Mary, Lake Monster 244 (congrats!)
Ralph, Lake Monster 245 (congrats!)
Allen, Lake Monster 246 (congrats!)
Another day in Paradise…