Bob Needham’s write-up here.
“Over the hills and through the woods” has been a common theme in my summer open-water tour. My latest stop was no exception – though the hills were a bit higher, the woods somewhat thicker. Elk Lake is a 405-acre glacial lake in deep wilderness, yet only a 40-minute drive from Bend. And what a spectacular drive it is – through seemingly endless alpine forests and past numerous snow-capped peaks.
Central Oregon Masters Aquatics (COMA) has organized annual open-water swims at this venue for a number of years – at least 15, from what I heard – and in recent years it has expanded to a series of five swims over three days. They call it a “festival,” and it is truly that: a grand, All-American celebration of of nature and sport.…