Friday, July 18, 2008


NO SWIMMING HERE
Some of you probably have heard about all the mystery garbage that has been washing up on the Lake Michigan shoreline since last week. Oh, and dead bodies too. Other than the few alewife invasions, which left hundreds of miles of shoreline littered with rotting dead fish, the beaches and waters of Lake Michigan have been pretty clean over the years. Always clear enough to see bottom in the shallow areas.
But this is presenting a problem in more ways than one for me. I have yet to get into Lake Michigan this year, either for training or recreation, and really wanted to get in 2 or 3 swims before Steelhead, since that too will be in Lake Michigan.
The Lake can be very unpredictable. It can be as smooth as glass, but cold as ice, or rolling with high waves and riptides, and 70+ degrees. You just never know what you're going to get. But one thing you usually can be sure of is clean water. Up until now.
I'm not sure how bad it will be by this weekend, but hopefully I will be able to get in the water and practice with the rolling waves.

12 comments:

Marcy said...

Yikes! Sounds nasty!! Hopefully it will be clean enough by the weekend?!?

Flo said...

Mystery garbage?? And a dead body!! Yikes, that sounds scary!!

chia said...

Oye. I heard about that, it's an awful shame. Guess there is always the Grand River (lol).

Running Knitter said...

That's not good! Hopefully you'll be able to get a swim in soon.

Sunshine said...

That's amazing litter!
Too bad... because a nice cool swim in Lake Michigan sounds refreshing right now.

Lisa - Slow & Steady said...

What is going on? Where is the garbage coming from? I guess it wouldn't be a mystery if they knew, huh.

WADDLER26.2 said...

I am planning to swim on Sunday in lake michigan- like you said it has been frustrating. Current water temp here is 56 and some eco-alerts.

Good luck and looking forward to seeing you at Steelhead.

Lily on the Road said...

Yikes, well at least you are not getting severed feet still in the running shoes washing up on shore like they are getting in British Columbia!!! That's for real!

Let's hope they find the culprits who are dumping into the lake...our lakes are sacred!!

Fe-lady said...

WHAT? That's so sad...lake Michigan was always the "clean" one compared to Lake Erie.

I blame drunk boaters/"fishermen" for the trash and probably dead bodies too.

I am so excited for all the Steelhead participants!
You go lady!

Lily on the Road said...

Me again! Holy Chritmas, that is one heck of a course for Steelhead...August 2nd? I'm wondering if that is a long weekend for us....I'll let you know! I'd love to come and volunteer if it is a long weekend....road trip!!!

Anne said...

Wait, are you guys having body parts wash ashore too?! I recall reading where feet were floating around some shoreline, but I thought it was B.C.

I cringe at even the notion of open-water swimming, so I give you major props for doing it regardless of conditions.

cindy said...

Hope it clears up enough for you to get in :)