So swim I did.
The beach that I used last summer, attached to the retreat center, was closed, as the stairs collapsed. So they suggested I go down the road to Alderbrook, a swank hotel and spa, and use their beach (and their fire pit, and bar!) This is the gang, on the shore, watching me.
The first night there, the gang was happy to watch the sunset, watch me swim, and have some s'mores. The water was perfect! Clear. Warm compared to Alki, and calm.
See how clear it is:
I swam out about a quarter of a mile. Enjoying the light as it changed, and looking at the scenery. I've been told that one of these houses belongs to Bill Gates.
On the way back I noticed this sign on the dock. When I came back two days later there was a seaplane there!
When I got back to shore, the folks watching me swim mentioned that I'd been followed by a seal. I was oblivious to this creature, just feet from me. When they told me that, I did turn around, and sure enough, there was a delightful creature. I talked to him for a few minutes, then got out. One of the women on shore had caught a video of him and me together, and sent it along. It is magical! I feel so lucky to have gotten this close to a seal!