Well, we set out for Oil Platform Esther from the north side of the Seal Beach pier for our third Tridiot circumnavigation. We did it previously almost exactly one year ago, on February 2, 2013, and back in 2011. This time there were eight swimmers and four kayakers. The wind blew all the day and night before, but conditions were pleasant for the adventure. We marched right passed the posted dirty water signs and headed to sea. The water was not super clear and about all we saw and heard were a few sea lions out by the platform. Bree pretty much led the way on what was her last swim as a 13-year-old. I took off my wetsuit on the far side of the tower and swam back without it in my ongoing effort to habituate to colder water. Afterwards, of course, there was near boiling hot water to pour over our heads and breakfast at Old Towne Cafe on Main Street. And only Megan and I got parking tickets.
Special thanks to Larry, Julie, Thomo, and Joe who undertook the treacherous task of herding blind and deaf cats tossed into the Pacific Ocean only to scatter in every which direction. Seriously, though, we should work on swimming in straight lines.