Today I had the distinct pleasure of swimming in both Lucky’s Lake and Jack Beattie’s Lake today. One crossing at Lucky’s Lake, followed by a 1 mile swim at Jack Beattie’s place. I didn’t know how much time I had to get from Lucky’s Lake to Jack’s place or what to expect, so I only did one crossing at Lucky’s Lake. Upon retrospection, I probably could have gotten away with doing two crossings at Lucky’s instead of the one because I found out I had a couple of hours between Lake swims. Nonetheless Lucky’s lake was awesome as usual, but I was overwhelmed by the grandeur and hospitality of Jack Beattie’s family and friends.
While driving to Jack Beattie’s place I remember thinking “am I headed in the right direction?”. I had this thought because my GPS began to take me into a very prestigious neighborhood in Winter Park. I began driving by beautiful million dollar estates on my way to Jack’s lake. Well little did I know that Jack Beattie’s swim was in back of Jack’s beautiful estate home too.
While still in awe at my surroundings, I was greeted with open arms, smiles and a killer breakfast of pancakes (strawberry, blueberry and chocolate chip), muffins, sausage, fresh fruit, mimosa just about anything you could want for a great breakfast. All of this great food and friendship the for cost of just showing up. I think this is what they are talking about when they say the best things in life are free. I could not have imagine a more perfect Saturday as an open swimmer.
The swim itself was amazing. The swim was in a triangle shape course with plenty of kayakers, etc to keep you safe. The water clear and fresh, I felt like I could drink it if I got thirsty. On both sides of the lake were million dollar mansion to enjoy while swimming if you so desire. It was really hard to focus on the swimming as there was so much beauty to take in. I did stop a few times to take it all in as this was my first time, I was less concerned about my time to complete.
God willing, I will be a participate of this annual activity for years to come. Thanks Jack, thanks Lucky you guys are what give me hope for humanity!!