Arrived in Dover!!!

Guys!  We are really, for real here!  And really for real going to swim the English Channel!  Still no word on when just yet, but I will be talking to my boat captain later tonight.

Here are some pictures of the trip so far.  We did a nice swim in Dover Harbor this morning and walked a bit around Folkestone. The wind was pretty high today… you can see the conditions when you get to the pictures of Shakespeare Beach. We, also, of course, frolicked and played and had a good time.

Shakespeare Beach
The English Channel view from Shakespeare Beach
Looking at the White Cliffs of Dover from Dover Harbour
The warning sign
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Me mimicking the swimmer on the warning sign.
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Cobblestone street in Folkestone.
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The view of Folkestone from Varne Ridge.
Hey! I know that guy!
MMMMmmmm… dinnner
Creepy Penguin Bell in the shrubbery…

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Oceans

“You call me out upon the waters.

The great unknown, where feet may fail.

And there I find you in the mystery.

In oceans deep, my faith will stand.

And I will call upon your name.

And keep my eyes above the waves.

When oceans rise, my soul will rest in your embrace.

For I am yours, and you are mine.”

– Oceans, Hillsong United –

 

I can swim the English Channel.  I know that.

I didn’t know it the first time I jumped into the pool 4 years ago.  I don’t have to do anything.  I can just be me.  I wasn’t trying to be a swimmer or an athlete or to get anywhere or across anything.  I was just being me.  Alone.  In my own head and heart and spirit.  And liking it.

I didn’t know it during that first event I ever swam in my entire adult life – 8 miles in Lake Champlain.  But I knew with certainty: I can do this. I can swim. I am strong. I can be me. Here. Now. In this. I can.

I didn’t know it at the end of that first 10 mile Kingdom Swim. When I stood up to an unexpected hillside of cheering people as I came in last. Last. And that’s okay. Because I’m me. That’s worth celebrating.

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LGS: The End

“The sunwarmed earth is longed for by a swimmer
spent in rough water where his ship went down
under Poseidon’s blows, gale winds and tons of sea.
Few men can keep alive through a big serf
to crawl, clotted with brine, on kindly beaches
in joy, in joy, knowing the abyss behind.”

– Homer –

Come morning, we rose early, bid farewell to our hostess at the camp, and we motored back down the Lake.  We made it far enough fast enough that we had plenty of time to cover the remaining 3 miles or so that we hadn’t yet covered (even if we did re-swim part of it) just before it started to rain.  Then we headed back to dock and home.

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LGS: Haven

The Lake George Adventure Swim took place over the Fourth of July weekend this past year.  It was a four day excursion across the length of Lake George in segments.  To read about the Mermaid I found during swim 1 you can click here. To read about the battle with Medusa during swim 2 click here. To read about Poseidon’s gift click here. To read about the Sirens click here.

Electrolytes.  Is that a euphemism for Scotch?

 –  Jack H. –

 

The next morning we were up early.  I love early mornings. They are so hopeful.  So quiet.

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Goodbye Red Rock Bay!!!

We had breakfast, packed up the boat, and snuck out of the campsite nice and quietlike (like a Fish!).  We headed north, motoring back to the spot we left the afternoon before.

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LGS: The Sirens

The Lake George Adventure Swim took place over the Fourth of July weekend this past year.  It was a four day excursion across the length of Lake George in segments.  To read about the Mermaid I found during swim 1 you can click here. To read about the battle with Medusa during swim 2 click here. To read about Poseidon’s gift click here.

The Sirens

“’Come here,’ they sang, ‘renowned Ulysses, honour to the Achaean name, and listen to our two voices. No one ever sailed past us without staying…”

– Homer –

It was a rough ride back to our campsite through the wind and wake.  We began calculating for the next swim.  It was supposed to be the longest swim of the entire venture, roughly 8 miles from our campsite to Hulett’s Landing.  We realized that we would need to jump back in the water as soon as we got to the campsite and we probably wouldn’t have enough time to make it all the way to Hulett’s and keep our dinner engagement for the evening.  We had slept too late.

How come nobody ever oversleeps in Greek mythology?

Revised Swim Plan 2
Revised Swim Plan #2

We battled the wind up the lake and compromised amongst ourselves.  Doing the longer swim in the morning would probably be better – less boats, less wind, much better swim conditions.  We agreed that we would swim as far as time allowed today, designating a time stop point and then head back to the campsite to be ready for dinner.

It was a brief stop at the campsite and we were ready to launch again.

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LGS: Poseidon

The Lake George Adventure Swim took place over the Fourth of July weekend this past year.  It was a four day excursion across the length of Lake George in segments.  To read about the Mermaid I found during swim 1 you can click here. To read about the battle with Medusa during swim 2 click here.

 

Poseidon

For a friend with an understanding heart is worth no less than a brother. – Homer –

It’s hard to imagine that one can wake up late when your entire obligation for the day is to swim and eat and motor back and forth across a lake.  But it can be done.

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