Swim Lake Washington
A summer 2020 quest

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During a July swim challenge by my triathlon team's director amidst COVID-19 restrictions, I got the idea of swimming either to or from all the swimmable public access points on Lake Washington. Turns out there's quite a few of them. With the aid of Google Maps I identified over 80 locations. Some are major parks, many are small street end pocket parks.

The only criteria required to count a visit were either launching from that location or swimming close enough to touch bottom and that I needed to be there. After I decided to document with pictures, getting close enough to stand on the bottom was important to me.

The Google map on this page gives you an overview of all these locations. Clicking on any of the bubbles will give you an address which you could use in your GPS to reach this point. You can read the details about any beach and see what the street-side approach looks like by clicking the 'Locations' link on this page and then clicking the link for that beach. You can also browse the swim route videos that I recorded during this quest.

Several of my friends joined me in this quest and their portraits appear on this page. Many thanks to each of them for happily joining in my silliness.

Should you choose to undertake to visit any of these locations be aware of the following:
Pretty much all of photos for this quest were taken using my phone. I put it into a waterproof pouch, leashed it to my swim buoy, and tucked it into the swim buoy pocket. I could retrieve the phone from the swim buoy pocket while standing in water or even treading water and not worry about drowning or losing it, since it was leashed and in the pouch. I even carried a GoPro camera stashed in the pouch, as well, and took a small number of videos with it. I was actually able to use Google Maps in the water when I overswam a swim location and wanted to locate it!

Mike Nelson, summer 2020