With temperatures decreasing around the country and the sun playing hide and seek quite well, I found myself thinking of one particular glorious day on Fox Island. It was a busy day with two full trips and I found myself full of sweat and sunburnt in the early evening. Chelsea (one of the guides I was working with that day) and I looked out at the Fox Island boat dock and decided to go for it. We walked with purpose down the dock before we changed our minds, checked the waters below for any jellyfish, and splash! Mind you, on the warmest of days in Alaska, the water temperature which ranges from mid 40s to mid 50s throughout the summer will certainly take your breath away. And that it surely did! But it was well worth it. By the time we swam back to shore, our bodies had adjusted and it felt nice treading water along the shoreline. When we all arrived for training in May, never in a million years did I think I would jump into the frigid north Pacific, but Alaskan summers will surprise you and that jump was only one of many throughout the entire summer season. With the darkest of winter just around the corner and more light and warmth on the way, I can't wait to get back up there and make the plunge again.