|Sunrise at Lake Cane|
In the madness and mayhem that is an Orlando Theme Parks Holiday, Bob managed to locate a small oasis of glorious calm and tranquility which provided one of those swimming Zen experiences. I'm talking here about Lucky's Lake Swim
The Lucky in the title is Doc. "Lucky" Meisenheimer a fantastically generous-hearted eccentric whose passions include amongst other things Swimming, Yoyo's and Zombie movies.
Check out his websites for a full flavour of this man's appetites and abilities which are truly remarkable, not to mention a series of FAQ's which indicate a keen sense of humour and brought a smile to my face.
Of note Lucky's wikipedia entry lists (amongst other achievements) a mention in Ripley's believe it or not for swimming half a mile with his foot in his mouth. All I can say to that, as someone who spends significant periods of the week opening her mouth and putting her foot in it; is simply respect!
Now: Chez Lucky is a colonial pile opposite Universal Studios. (you get a pretty good although rather surreal view of Hogwarts as you drive out) Lucky's property fronts Lake Cane and since 1989 he has invited the world to join him for his early morning lap (or 2).
We entered the water in the breaking dawn as the first warm orange fingers of light crept across the lake towards us. It was great watching the sun rise above the trees as I swam towards the light on the far side of the lake, which marked the turn around point. A series of red buoys make the course very easy to navigate
The starting signal is the dogs barking you off from the dock, I'm not sure if the dogs can tell it's 6:30am or they just take one look at the bods in
|Proud member of |
Digger the Dog
The crossing is 500m so it's a round kilometre there and back. Once you finish your first swim you have to sign the "wall of fame" or in my case the ceiling of fame as there's no room left on the wall!
|Binge and Lucky (not sure what the gator's called)|
You are also provided with a free bumper sticker and patch to mark your acceptance into the Aquatica 1k club.
|Lucky feeding the regulars.|
The chat afterwards was great and the whole experience was simply life-affirming, it left me firstly wishing I'd made the effort to visit earlier in the holiday; secondly wondering what is it about swimmers that makes them such fantastic company? and thirdly marvelling at the generosity of the Meisenheimer household and their neighbours who endure this constant early intrusion 6 days a week (there's no swimming on Sunday). A big thank you from a grateful Brit.
On reflection the swim might just have been the highlight of my holiday, at the very least it runs riding a broomstick, playing a Quidditch match, fighting a dragon or meeting Stitch a very close second.
So the next time you find yourself in the area, check out Lucky's Lake Swim you won't regret it, Lucky and his crew will make you feel like you're long lost friends and the line to enter the lake is refreshingly short.