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For swimmers that live in cooler climes this is a very exciting time of year. Hope springs eternal for swimming outdoors; in open water and in outdoor pools. Specifically, speaking it is indoor pools with bubbles that go “topless” (See Topless & Outdoors blog from 2016) that excites swimmers in this rite of spring. I had a glimpse of outdoor swimming nirvana on our brief boondoggle to Palm Springs (see most recent blog P.S.~I love you). Little did I know how quickly things would change in Oregon in particular with our pools.

The Gov, in her strange way at looking at covid metrics (I don’t envy making big decisions in these funky covid times) decided that the state needed to drop back to a more restrictive state of covid existence. Basically, indoor activities needed to be curtailed or significantly limited. This shot fear through the swimming community. Kudos to the Bend Parks & Rec Department they pulled through for us. Immediately, they began to convert our pool from an indoor pool with a bubble to an outdoor pool to comply with the new restrictions.

Within 3 days they converted the pool from an indoor pool to a “technically” outdoor pool, too an outdoor pool and we only missed one day of swimming. See below for the various states of undress.

Fully dressed
Showing some leg
Semi-dressed
Fully undressed!

Per usual, it was such a great feeling to be top less and outdoors!!! Time to to start working on that savage summer tan.

Very slowly, yet surely I feel I am beginning to to make some new connections at the new watering hole.

My dear friends, in Wayland, MA also got to fully enjoy this rite of spring today as the Wayland Community Pool went “topless”. Can’t wait to see them in a couple weeks!

Wayland Community Pool-Topless!

Looking forward to swimming outdoors in pools, lakes, rivers and oceans!

By the way, the Gov flip flopped her restrictive decision a week later and… now the CDC says we don’t have to wear masks. I think life is getting better.

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