This past Sunday I was able to cross off another item on my “bucket list” — swimming Alcatraz! I swam in the South End Rowing Club’s Alcatraz Invitational Swim (see http://georesults.racemine.com/South-End-Rowing-Club/events/2014/Alcatraz-Invitational-Swim—2014/results) and did pretty well. There were purportedly 903 swimmers; I placed in the top ten for my division (“skins”) and 5th in my age group. It was quite an experience — swimming mid-Bay with hundreds of yellow swim caps and twice as many arms splashing all around me in the water. And, the magnificence of the Bay Area once again was awe-inspiring. Having lived here for almost 21 years, I am still humbled by the beauty of the Bay Area and having a completely unobstructed view of the Golden Gate to my right as i thrashed away in the 66 degree was indelible. Next up: the swim around Manhattan – perhaps…. By the way, in the photo from left to right: me, Matt Glickman, Kurt Buechler, Daniel Mitz, and Alex Kaplinsky – nice work boyz!!!!