The area was quiet, but I parked and walked over to the lodge to change. Oblivious as I am, I passed a sign that said "C1osed Set" [sic]. I didn't know what it meant, so I just walked on. The front porch of the lodge looked like a rest stop on some long hiking trip. Tons of packs and food and a few rugged looking people. The weather was wet, so most people were wearing fleece and rain jackets (this is the Pacific Northwest, so people wear that in the city too).
I didn't think much of it, figuring it was a place that backpackers used when needing to come into civilization or something. The Lodge clearly was closed as a restaurant and shop, unlike in the high season.
I walked in and changed into my suit. I put my gear out on the porch among all the disarray, and went to get into the water.
As I approached, this was the scene on the dock.
A woman approached me and said "we are filming a movie and really can't have anyone on the dock." I was unfazed, and went to enter the water from the rocky shore. Another person approached to say something similar, and I assured him that I wouldn't interfere with the shot.
He said their actor was a little wary of the temperature of the water, and he asked if I was going to wear a wetsuit. I said no, but that I knew my body was acclimatized to cold water. I said I thought it was about 46, which is the same as Puget Sound, so I was fine. Then I joked that if they needed a stunt double for the actor, I could fill in.
And off I sawm. Boy was it glorious.
The first two minutes were the hardest. I just wanted to turn back. But the film crew watching me kept me going. And I'm glad I did. I warmed up. And I loved it. The water was so still that I was the only creature making ripples, and I could watch them go across the whole lake.
I talked to the movie staff again on my way out. They said that technically this was a closed set, so no one not affiliated with the movie was supposed to be there. OH, that's what that sign had meant!! I guess I don't have movie set cultural competence to know what it meant. However, they also welcomed me to watch from a distance. But I needed to get warm. So I changed and left.
I'm really glad I made the trip out for a swim in my favorite Olympic National Park lake! And I'll look for the swim scene in "Light Me Up" if it ever comes to Seattle!