Swimming In Baikal
Words I would use to describe a dip in Lake Baikal would be fresh and invigorating. As I said before, swimming in Lake Baikal was something I was absolutely going to do while I was here. I found out just how well my Canadian childhood swimming in Northern Manitoban lakes prepared me for this; I didn’t just swim in Lake Baikal once, but twice. That’s right. I went two days in a row.
Here are some of my favourite photos from Day One:
This is that crucial moment of no return. The very important bits are in, and I look out to the horizon, questioning my sanity as my legs begin to go numb.
Bits are definitely in. Giggles and disbelief ensue.
Well, looks like that’s all of me. I wasn’t prepared to count swimming in Lake Baikal unless I was completely submerged in the water for at least one brief moment. And let’s just say, the moment was brief.
And yes, I ran like hell after. Do you want to hear what this picture would have sounded like? Just watch the video I took on the second day. I’ve appended that to the end of this post. *All sounds were completely involuntary.*
Here are some of my favourite photos from Day Two:
We went to a different beach the second day, one that was closer to our accommodation. It was actually, very possibly, the first beach I’ve ever truly enjoyed. I may write more about this later. Anyway, we’ve all be waiting to see this video, haven’t we? It’s a video I took with the thought that I could later sew it into a montage or compilation of some sort, but it actually has stand-alone qualities. So here it is.
Let me reiterate: all these sounds I make are completely involuntary.
What is the coldest lake you swam in? Have you ever been to Lake Baikal?