Swimming in October

A day swimming at the beach on Cape Cod… in October?

It is October in New England.  Summer is a distant memory.  We have chill nights and walks in the woods full of color.

Or that’s the way it is most years.

The colors aren’t’ bright this year and the air is warm.

I did a long paddle on my kayak today, ending at South Village Beach in West Dennis, MA.  That is on Cape Cod.  The beach is where Swan River meets the Ocean (actually, Nantucket Sound).  I started up in Swan Pond.

After getting to the beach, I waded in the water, going deeper and deeper.  Finally I dunked my head under.  And then I swam for about 5 or 10 minutes.  I didn’t have a towel, so I air dried.

Remember, this is October in New England.

OK, I hiked Franconia Ridge last November and swam off of Cape Cod this October.  I have kayaked every month (on the Cape) for almost 30 months straight.  So what will next year bring?  Sun bathing in January?

20 thoughts on “Swimming in October

    1. trentpmcd Post author

      It might hit 80 here today, and super humid. Just odd! This doesn’t prove global warming any more than the cool days we had in August disproved it, but I think you’d have to have your head buried deeply in the sand to not realize that something odd is happening with the weather around the world, and global warming fits what’s happening better than any other theory….

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Today was in the 80s on most of the east coast, though on Cape Cod it was cooler (being surrounded by water). I thought about the AC, though….

      Me too, I’m glad Climate Change is just a Chinese hoax. Isn’t it great to live in a place where the politicians are so much smarter than the scientists so we can figure this stuff out?

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  1. Writing Sparkle

    I used to insist on being the first person in the lake at my cottage in the spring. I went in one year and there was still small chunks of ice drifting on the water. I was blue and don’t know how I didn’t get hypothermia! Great adventure, and I was sure thankful for the roaring fire inside the cottage! Great post, thanks for sharing.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I don’t go in quite that early, unless you are talking about kayaking… last year I did have to break a path through the ice to get my kayak on ht open water…

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      It was nice to swim. I might go again tomorrow! I once made a gallery of self portraits taken from my reflection in people’s sunglasses… I’ll have to see if I can find it again…

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  2. Joan E Wilder

    It seems like we’ve had strange weather lately…In Texas, the rain from Harvey was unbelievable – it never seemed to stop – for days… Then Irma hit Florida… And swimming in New England in October, that seems surreal to me… doesn’t it Trent?

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  3. dawnkinster

    It’s crazy. We were at Cape Cod about 3 weeks ago…visited a friend who was, I think, in West Dennis. Warm here in Michigan too. Could probably dip like that into Lake Michigan if you were brave. Last year at this time I was housesiting north of Traverses City on the shore of Lake Michigan and popped into the lake just to say I did. Was chilly but not horrible, especially for October in northern Michigan!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      It’s been great weather, though more like early September than October! I have a 4-season cottage in Dennis Port, so I’m down off and on all year. When I was a kid I used to vacation near Traverses City (I grew up in Ohio).

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  4. Marilyn Armstrong

    But the water is at its warmest right now. We used to go to the Vineyard for a couple of weeks in September or October and the water was delicious.

    You remember we had that really warm period in January? We had two weeks of almost summer.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      It seems that early September, after a few cold nights, the water cools down quite a bit. Not this year – it was pretty nice.

      My heating bills wouldn’t mind a warm spell in the middle of winter again.

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