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1st Swim Of 2020 In Our Lake (Halfmoon) — June 19.

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I am sure this is the latest 1st lake swim in my life. But, I could be wrong. I am sure I usually have had one by June 15th. But, 4-days here or there. It was quite warm. 90F so the water felt good. Muscles not used to swimming. Has been a long time since I swam. Well, the duck (quite literally is broken). With luck I will be swimming most days — well into September.


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We Have A Fairly Serious Drought In New Hampshire — And Nobody Is Talking About It.

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Yes, we have had rain over the last few weeks, but it hasn’t been much and it has been well spaced out. We haven’t had any decent rain in some time. I first noticed the dropping water levels in the lakes on Thursday, September 19, 2019, when I hiked the backroads of New Durham while Teischan was volunteering at the Library. Noticed that a small lake I walked by was noticeably low.

Then yesterday I walked past this ‘local’ (to I in that it is just 1.5 miles from home) pond that I am very familiar with. It was nearly dry. Never seen it this empty and at a minimum I walk by it once a month.

Not good. Nothing to panic as yet. Plenty of ground water. That I know. Plus we will have snow within the month!

But, I just thought that somebody should be paying more attention. Now you know.


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The Picture Of The Day (Canon EOS RP) + 6 Also-Rans — May 25, 2019.

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New Hampshire beach lake Halfmoon Alton Anura Guruge Canon EOS RP


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Garmin Fenix 5 ‘Open Water Swim’ Distance Tracking Is A JOKE!

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From Google Maps — independent of Garmin.


My prior post from July 12, 2018.

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Please refer to my July 12, 2018, post for background.

Garmin contacted me when I TWEETED about this and yesterday I sent them the information requested.

Today, I decided to check this out further and what I found totally disgusted me! The Garmin Fenix 5 ‘open swim’ distance measuring is a JOKE.

I ONLY swim the DOG-PADDLE so my Fenix 5 is always underwater. I appreciate that. But, per Garmin that is where the Fenix 5’s gyroscope kicks into help keep track of the distance.

So, this is what I found.

Invoked ‘Open Swim’ and waited until there was a GPS fix. I was basically walking up to my swimming depth while this was happening.

Then, with GPS active, pressed ‘START’, dove in and started swimming. Given it is in total 10-minutes, I must have swum 5-minutes to the swim platform. Grabbed the ladder and LIFTED my left arm, with the Fenix 5, out of the water.

The distance read 9 yards! There was no way that I had only smum 27′ (4.5 time my body length).

But, as I was holding the Fenix up, above the water, the distance started going up … LIKE CRAZY.

OK. So, that was good. The GPS was catching up.

It went … 19, 37, 50, 59, 65, 66 ….

All this time, I am totally stationary, holding onto the ladder. It is no longer funny.

So. I let go the ladder and start swimming back.

The swim back is a bit longer since I swim until there is not enough depth to swim.

Stood up. Looked at Fenix 5. It said 97 yards.

Then, immediately, 111 and then, as it had done at the swim platform, it kept on going.

I had enough. I hit STOP in disgust.

This is not funny.

Open Water Swim‘ is a BIG feature on the Fenix 5 — and it doesn’t work.

Don’t get me wrong. I am not a Garmin basher. I am actually a long-term Garmin shareholder!


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My Garmin Fenix 5 Is VERY Inaccurate In Measuring Short-Distance Open Water Swims.

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Two Very Different GPS tracks for what is the SAME swim everyday!

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As you can see from the first figure I started Open Water Swimming in our lake on July 1, 2018, and have tried to do so daily, weather and schedule permitting.

We have been at this lake for the last 11-years and my swim never varies. I start as close to head-on with the swim platform — when the water is waist deep. I then swim to the platform and back again — until I can’t swim any further because the water is too shallow. So, the top GPS track is accurate. I swim longer on the return leg — and it is possible, mainly due to wind, that my return leg is slightly ‘off course’ though I try to swim in a straight line using a marker on the beach for reference.

I have not as yet measured the distance, but I am fairly sure that the distance to/from the swim platform is more than 34 yards — per one of the readings. That would ~17 yards (51′) one-way. That would be the length of 2.5 twenty-foot boats. I know the swim is further than that.

Part of this has to be GPS accuracy. The distance here might be TOO SHORT for GPS to get a good handle. With Open Water Swimming the Fenix 5 uses GPS, the accelerometer and the gyroscope to estimate distance and movement. I noticed the other day that the distance jumped significantly after I had finished my swim and stood up.

I am not impressed.

Yet ANOTHER definicecy in the supposed ‘Leader-of-the-PackGarmin Fenix 5. Another disappointment.


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My New Double-Sided Business Cards — Featuring My “Orgasms 101” Book On One Side.

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I made the double-sided card using VistaPrint. I looked around and in the end they offered the BEST combination of design flexibility, design ease and price. VistaPrint, after you spend a few minutes exploring them, are not just easy to use but also a delight.

Until I started paying them I had NO idea, until I saw the N.V. after their name, that they were a Dutch, i.e., Netherland’s, company. I have no problems with that. I am very fond of Holland and the Dutch and have spent a LOT of quality time in the Netherlands. It is just that they come across as a quintessential American company. Good for them. Bravo.

All the images are mine. I basically used their free-form, use your own images and design, tool.

The snowy scene, as some of you would recognize, is lovely Wolfeboro, N.H., from the Lake (with me doing my walking on water (WOW) routine), taken this February.

The cliffy ocean scene, that goes with the waves breaking picture I use as the cover in “Orgasms: 101 Facts & Trivia“, were both taken by me, last September, when we again visited the incomparable Acadia National Park in Maine.

Let me know if you want some of these business cards.

Yes, I guess if I am really honest (and I tend to be that 99.96% of the time) I must have always had a hankering for a business card that had the word ‘orgasm’ on it.

I had some, at MacDurgin, that said “Chief Bottle Washer”. But I think I like these new ones better. If nothing else they are colorful.


Boat Ride On Lake Winnipesaukee (NH), Alton – Wolfeboro, Glorious Fall Foliage Day, September 30, 2013.

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We are no strangers to Lake Winnipesaukee. When we lived waterfront on the lake we should to go out, by boat (or jet ski), quite a bit.

When I was a part of “Waiters on Water“, where we delivered take-out food to the Islands and moored boats on Lake Winnipesaukee, by boat or jet ski, I used to be on the water, every day during the Summer, sometimes multiple times a day.

Though I swim in the Big Lake (i.e., Winnipesaukee) without fail every year, off the Alton public dock, this was the first time we have been on the lake in a boat since we moved to Alton in 2007.

A local marina owner in Alton, an Alton famous fixture, invited us for a boat ride in his amazing, 1967 wooden Lyman. I used to be his customer 1993 – 1997. That was two decades ago.

Today, the day before the government shutdown, weatherwise on the Lake, was picture perfect: warm, sunny, calm as it gets and hardly any boat traffic. We actually didn’t see any boats in Alton Bay per se. That is pretty amazing. Not good, however. Boat traffic on this lake has plummeted noticeably over the last decade. These days I repeatedly hear that our mandatory ‘Boating Certificate‘ (I call it the boat license) is a factor. I can believe that. I don’t have one. 2007 was when I needed to get one. I wasn’t boating that year so I didn’t get it. Haven’t bothered since. Might get it, or TRY to get it, next year. Something I learned today: ONLY NH and Louisiana have such mandatory boating certification — and LA does not require that you sit a test! So the ‘Live Free, Or Die‘ state is the only one that requires boaters to pass a test. Seems wrong, especially in terms of the ‘Live Free’ — THOUGH I fully understand that this is to stop people killing others. Anyhow …


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Zorbing, The Sport Of Globe Riding: We Need This In NH. Better Than Tubing. Yes, I Heard Of The Accident In Russia.

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Wikipedia has an article about it.

It is popular in Russia and they were planning to feature it at the Sochi Winter Olympics next year. Then there was an accident, caught on video, that killed one person and injured another. [Here is a link to the story and video.]

It was this story that piqued my interest, though I think I might have heard about it before. It looks like a load of fun, though I think I am too old. I can just see it at Gunstock. You can use it on grass or on water. Yes, my mind is racing.

Halfmoon Lake, Alton, NH: Huge Beaver Dam and A Dead Goose.


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I knew about the beaver dam at Halfmoon Lake though I haven’t seen it myself. I go running up Prospect Mountain which is the other way.

Deanna and took the kids down to the beach this morning while I took a day off exercise per my 3 days on, 1 day off schedule (thrown off by a day given that I was out campaigning yesterday).

They found a dead goose in the water. Not sure how it died. They didn’t bring it home. Kids have a theory that it is connected to the dam but I don’t buy that. Here are some pictures.


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The Menagerie Grows — A Wild Frog In The Fountain Joins The Snapping Turtle In The Tank

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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The other day Deanna noticed that we had a little frog living inside her metal, ‘girl-watering-plant’ fountain. I was concerned that it might not be able to get out. I didn’t have to worry. It can hop onto the shelf, as it now often does and suns itself. It is very cute. You can see it on the left, below the flower. This is unadulterated nature. We didn’t do anything other than place the fountain there — which we do every Spring. So, I am cool. We get frogs in that area. Every fall at least one decides to commit suicide by jumping into the nearby window well. That is deeper than the fountain. Plus it has brownish gravel in it. Come fall it also gets a coating of fallen, fall tree leaves. Any frog that jumps in gets automatically camouflaged. If they can’t jump out, they will eventually perish as the nights get colder. Then when we are clearing out the well we will discover a perfectly preserved, mummified frog — and the kids will take it to school for ‘show-and-tell’.

The fountain with the frog is just about a 4 feet away from the 15 gallon fish tank housing the now very tame snapping turtle ‘baby’. Danielle, my eldest, scooped the snapper from the lake in mid-June, when she was out on the paddle-boat with the other kids. The kids always wanted a turtle and we had two empty fish tanks and a turtle shelf from the prior turtle we had had about 7 years ago. So, I agreed to keep it until Fall. We looked up snapper care on the Web. They said that it will become tame very quickly. I was skeptical. I was wrong. It is like a little puppy. It knows us. Comes out to greet us when we move aside the top covering. Deanna catches all sorts of stuff for it; we are not sure of its gender. It likes grass hoppers and worms. I also have turtle pellets. It seems to be doing well. We pick it up. Put it in the large wading pool so it can stretch its legs. We let it walk. But, come September I am taking it back to the lake. Not going to try nursing it through the Winter. It should be fine. It will have a couple of months to get acclimatized.

So currently we have two goldens (14 months and 11 years), 3 rabbits, 6 fish, one snapper and one frog.