Sam, Cathi and I drove to the Bear Lake Marina just north of Garden city, and got prepared for our 7:30am departure. I had reached out to Gustavo a month earlier informing him of my intention to do the crossing on Labor Day with Sam. He agreed to do an attempt as well that day. He wanted to get his Utah Triple Crown this year and the Bear Lake swim this year involved some weather conditions that required pulling some swimmers.
|Sunrise from the Bear Lake Marina Pavillion|
So today's swim was another change at getting that UTC for him. He had a couple of kayakers join him for safety. There was a concern that there would be a huge number of boaters out on the lake. I knew we'd be OK starting early and getting to the east side earlier in the day. (I've done three major swims in Bear Lake on Labor Day).
We started at 7:33am and the water felt awesome. Sam and I got a great pace going and Cathi was doing well as our kayaker. Sam and I swam side by side with Cathi on the outside.
At the first feed I was in good spirits and asked Sam to toast our first drink together out on the lake. I tried to make this a fun event for Sam and Cathi and yelled out at the end of our feed "On to the nipple!" Referencing the peak that we often point swimmers to on the east side that gets them close to the position they need to aim for. Once they get halfway, there is some adjustments to the landscape references for the finish at Cisco Beach Campground entrance.
The water the first half wasn't terrible, but it wasn't glassy. Once we got in the middle of the lake and beyond, the water was almost glassy with how smooth it was. At the 3rd feed I told Sam, next time we take a feed we'll be more than halfway.
The feeds we took today consisted of the following:
- Sliced Peaches ( This is Sam's idea, and it was awesome! I think I ate more peach slices than he did)
- flavored milk from Gossners in Logan (Banana and Strawberry milk) This is a treat that I should have discovered long ago. I used to get terrible heartburn during swims, and flavored milk would have kept that under control, but I had to endure it. I'm going to definitely keep this one on my go-to list of feed items!
- Green Apple Gatorade - Sam, Wild Strawberry Caffeinated drink mix with water - Gords
|Isaac carrying his shivering brother wrapped up in a blanket|
|The welcome crew, Ethan, Wyatt, Jonas, Sam, Isaac, Me, Cathi and Oliver!|
|Swimmers and Kayakers|
We took a minute and took some pictures and finished out mid-day with everyone in smiles.
I asked Sam on a scale from 1-10 what this was as being the hardest thing he's ever done in his life. He said "9".
I'm so proud of that kid. As far as I can tell from the results of the swims of width crossings, Sam is the youngest person to do it (14 years 2 months 9 days)
Next year we're shooting for an Anacapa crossing.