Friday, August 17, 2012

We did it!

We met the challenge! All 50 lakes are completed now in the 50 days! The final swim capped off a very fun adventure and today was no exception. We were joined by 13 other swimmers and one other kayaker along with many, many people on the beach. All the support has been overwhelming and so very much appreciated!

We swam in a triangle pattern tonight due to the size of the lake. This worked out very well and kept us all relatively close together increasing the safety factor - always a good thing.

I haven't heard the total dollar amount raised as of today, but I know we are VERY near our goal. Thank you to those that have donated! If you haven't yet and would like to, it is not too late. Please help us reach our goal and in return see how our endeavor benefits the kids in our community.

I've said it before, but this has been an amazing experience. From learning about our beautiful lakes area up close and personal; from meeting wonderful people along the way; from personal growth and challenging ourselves; from receiving so much generosity in so many different ways; from support of numerous people from a myriad of walks of life; etc.... I could go on, but suffice it to say that this entire project has been a blessing from day 1 to day 50.

We are hoping the story doesn't end here... Margie and I are dreaming of "road-tripping" out to Colorado to pick up the alligator and the safety pads (this would save literally a few hundred dollars over having them shipped). That could be another adventure in itself! Timing and other responsibilities are the issues we are trying to figure out before we can make this a reality. Look for more blogs to come on this and a final grand total in the future.

The first picture is all the swimmers in action at the start of the mile, the second is some of us at the 1/3 mile safety check mark. Unfortunately, no pictures of all the supporters on the beach purely because none were taken with my phone. I will post some if they become available to me.

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