When I retired from the Marine Corps in the Summer of 2010, we moved to Lake Oswego, Oregon. I was super jazzed to cultivate fond summer swimming memories for my ten year old daughter while creating new/richer memories for myself as well.
I have fond carefree childhood memories of swimming in lakes & rivers while at camp or vacationing–rope swings, cliff jumping, diving board tricks, etc. We are fortunate to have deeded access to Oswego Lake for swimming. Our lake easement is straight out of a 1950s Kodachrome photo; it really conjures pleasant childhood memories.
When I retired from the Marine Corps in the Summer of 2010, we moved to Lake Oswego, Oregon. I was super jazzed to cultivate similar memories for my ten year old daughter while creating new/richer memories for myself as well.
Most evenings, River & I enjoy swimming in the lake. She recently learned front and back dives off the diving board as well as a front flip. And, I still enjoy doing some tricks off the board too: can openers, watermelon splash-dives, and one and a half dives. I’ve even taught some of these crowd-pleasers to some eager young grade school boys.
In spite of pulling my right calf muscle, this Summer of 2017 has been great fun and quite rewarding.
This classic song by Loudon Wainwright captures the idyllic summer swimming mood for me. I love how energetic this version is with Earl Scruggs & company. And, I love how the song crescendos. …Don Schollander, watch out!!