This is my third time to Camp Loll. Here's my first visit from 2009, and my second visit in 2011. This is my first time back post-English Channel (really post any big swim). The staff at Camp Loll is constantly changing year after year. I only recognized 4 staff from the previous visit. The aquatics director was 22 year old, Captain Charles.
The first day after setting up camp we went down to the waterfront to get passed off on our swim check, but someone hear lightning and we had to hang out for 30 minutes, but another sound of thunder was heard so they closed the waterfront for the day since it was close to the end of freetime anyway. Kind of frustrating.
The next afternoon after the scouts had their morning MB classes, we all went to go through the polar bear. That was fun. You sit under a small waterfall of a stream coming right out of the mountain. I didn't have an instead thermometer, but I would say the water temp was in the mid 40's.
Afterwards we went to the waterfront to finish out swim check and do the mile swim. There was a huge line for those getting the swim check, and less than 50% of the scouts were able to complete the 100 yard swim and be tagged as "swimmers". After the swim checks I was allowed to attempt a mile swim. This year their approach to allowing people to do the mile swim is to have them swim 9 laps inside the swim area (which is supposed to be 25 yards, but visually I can tell you it is not). then swim around the western perimeter to the otherside and back.
I suspected that this was not a full mile, so I made sure to wear my GPS watch to confirm. Duane Ralphs and his son Taggert were kind enough to paddle for me. Another new rule: One of the paddlers must be an adult. OK - understandable considering most scouts can't paddle worth crap.
|This is Indian Lake right on the border of Idaho and Wyoming.|
nearly 90% of the lake is covered in Lilly pads. This would
be an eerie place to swim and would cure anybody
fearful of aquatic plants.
knowing exactly my background and experience, that'll never happen. I'll have to just enjoy it the way it's being regulated, and try other lakes like this under my own set of rules.
Total distance: estimated 3/4 mile in 19:38