"1 mile" course - extends north towards the lodge. They had a rope with an occasional noodle to keep the rope afloat. The turn around float was actually below the surface so if you want to know where to turn around, you better be right there next to the rope to see it. The course was 5 laps of 200+ yards which makes this a little more than a mile.
I told Sam to stay right on my tail the whole time as we would be weaving and out of scouts. There were probably 60 swimmers total. Most of them swimming sidestroke, backstroke and some breaststroke. After the first lap the field was dispersed pretty well and we were able to get into a rhythm. At the 3rd lap I saw Sam right on my tail as directed. At the 2nd half of the 4th lap he swam along side me, and then picked it up as we approached the finish. The last 100 yards he was full out sprinting. And I was struggling to keep up with him. He out-touched me by 2 seconds.
He set a new course record for the season (2 weeks remaining in the summer season for camp): 35:21 . Which also confirms to me that this is actually more than a mile. We swam this just about as fast as Bear Lake, and the finish time should have been closer to 30 minutes even. The water felt like it was probably 67ish. It was a little chilly at first, ("freezing" according to the scouts), but after going it was totally fine.
This lake is high up in the mountains east of Bear Lake and Bloomington, Idaho. The water here was quite a bit cooler. I would estimate in the high 50s or even 60 degrees even. I really need to get a thermometer for my goggle box. Its only a 1/2 mile hike from the parking lot. I had my swimmer buddy board with me. Sam and I got in and swam across to the other side where there was a huge slope full of snow. I got out and did a snow angle in the ice and then got back in and we swam back. I had to remind Sam to put his face in the water. He felt swimming waterpolo style was easier on his face with it being so cold for him.
Sam was pretty cold and got out and I did one more lap, but this time the perimeter of the lake. The scouts and the other leaders enjoyed the rope swing. This was a fantastic place to swim. Crystal clear water (greenish hue), and I saw a bunch of little fish underwater. This was my favorite swim of the month. 1 mile.
Normal Monday morning swim in Jordanelle with Josh and Chad, but Cathi suggested I bring Sam along and she would pick him up on the way to Kearns for Waterpolo. Great idea. I got Sam his own Safe Swim Buoy. He was shivering before we even got in the water. The air temp was a little cool for him at 5:45am when we started. I used the aquasphere goggles that I got from endless pools. They're like a diving mask almost and it was tough for me to get a seal. It took about 4 times during the first quarter mile to clear water out and attempt to reseal. I finally got it after I tied a knot in the strap to force it to stay put. I'll probably not use the goggles anymore for training. Too much fiddling with them to stay sealed. 1.22 miles and felt good.