I love swimming pools. I love the ocean and lakes too, but I’ve done most of my swimming in pools. Outdoor pools are the best.
The town where I grew up, northeastern US, has the best public swimming pool in the area. It was wonderful when I was growing up, and it’s still wonderful. It’s hot here in the summer. When it’s not raining, it’s great swimming weather!
Hometown Pool - August 2008
My hometown pool, summer, 2008. The hand is that of a family member, doing laps in the lap lane. I’m the person taking the picture (waterproof camera). What a great day.
Pool where I live - SF Bay Area, south of San Francisco
This is the pool where I live. It’s a shared pool – everyone in the small complex can use it. It’s a wonderful pool, though it’s not heated, and the humidity is low around here, and our nights are cool. This means that my pool swimming is limited to summer and early fall. It the pool was heated our pool season could go from spring to fall.
Sometimes, when I go for a dip, I’m the only one at the pool. So then it’s my very own private pool!
I love summer.
amarez – mszv
If you haven’t lived in coastal California (west of the inland valleys, west of the major mountain ranges), it’s hard to describe how comfortable it is. Perhaps a bit of data will help –
City-data.com (http://www.city-data.com) has a wonderful collection of metrics on US cities and towns. Let’s look at Menlo Park, a town in the San Francisco Bay area, near the town where I live.
Average Climate in Menlo Park, California – based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations
Menlo Park, California - Average Temperatures (F)
Menlo Park, California - Average Preciptation (in)
Menlo Park, California - Cloudy and Sunny Days
What does this tell us? Spring, summer and fall have warm (not hot!) days and cool nights. In winter the weather is mild (doesn’t freeze) and it rains a bit. It doesn’t rain in spring, summer or most of fall. There are a sunny days, even in winter.
It’s also not humid, so it’s really, really comfortable.
I’ve tried to think of a few disadvantages to the weather. When you live in the land of perfect comfort it’s hard to come up with anything. Let’s see – you have to remember to bring a jacket in summer – after the sun sets it gets chilly. And night swimming isn’t great around here – it’s hard to force yourself to get into a pool when you are wearing a jacket over your swimsuit.
If you enjoy four distinct seasons this isn’t the place – we have seasons, but they are subtle, more wet and dry, a Mediterranean climate. You have to enjoy looking at a dry land for much of the year – golden hills in the distance, punctuated by the green of the trees. When the rains come everything gets green. And – oh yeah, we do have natural disasters.
It doesn’t matter – I live in paradise.
amarez – mszv