Monday, October 21, 2013
Shemya double dip
Local folklore says that Shemya Island is one of the few islands in the world that has two different bodies of water touching it, the Bering Sea to the North and Pacific Ocean to the South. One of the fun activities here is to swim in both the ocean and the sea simultaneously.
This weekend a friend and I took the work truck out to the West end of the island for the 'double dip' experience. Fortunately the weather broke and we had a beautiful view of the Near Islands [in the foreground] and Attu [peak in the background]. The experience consisted of wading into the Pacific [on the left of the picture] then sprinting across the sand to wade into the Bering [right side of the picture]. It was truly surprising to feel that the Bering was noticeably colder, even though the two spots were only several hundred feet apart.