Had a fun little Black Friday workout today. Conditions on the 14-mile route were varied: coves and bays were near-glassy but heading south was sometimes a whitecapped battle--kinda fun to get tossed around, but you really lose your sense of forward progress. The plan was a full circumnavigation of Mercer Island, but after feeling that wind, I opted to do a slightly longer but more protected route, departing Seward Park, bolting directly across the lake to check out Bellevue's Meydenbauer Bay, then punching and kicking my way south to pass under the East Channel Bridge where I circled around for the return, this time using the prevailing gusts for speed and the floating bridge as a windbreak. Some pix: Shooting under I-90... Lemme take a selfie... Fancy houses... Wot da hell are they doing to Maydenbauer Park? ...whatever they're planning, it includes some kind of extensive pier or something, judging from the piles that have been sunk... Sneakin' around... "PRIVATE! KEEP OUT! NO RIFF RAFF! hahahaha Observing the One-Percenters in their native habitat... East Channel Bridge. Time to turn around a get some tailwind...weeeeee!