A friend's son and his wife came to San Francisco last weekend. He was competing in the Alcatraz Swim or Die event, and they invited me to join his party for dinner the night before. Nancy and I were delighted to visit with Derek and Heather, and his brother and sister-in-law. I was Cody and Nicci's wedding photographer over 2 years ago, when they only had eyes for each other. View attachment 109855 I'm glad to report that is still the case . View attachment 109856 Derek was hoping I'd take some pictures of the event (duh), and I was glad to be his personal paparazzo for the weekend. He and Heather are a beautiful couple of kids... and speaking kids, they are expecting a child in just 3 months. This will be her third, so Heather has the "expectant mother's glow" thing down pat. View attachment 109857 We had an early evening on Saturday, because Race Day started at 6:15AM on Sunday at Crissy Field. Derek had his game face on... View attachment 109858 ... and Heather was there to support him. View attachment 109859 At 6:30, Derek finished dressing and jumped on a San Francisco style shuttle to pier 41. View attachment 109860 View attachment 109861 From there, the contestants were ferried to the shores of an ominous Alcatraz, where they inexplicably leaped off a perfectly good ferry into freezing 60 degree water for a 2 1/2 mile ocean swim back to Crissy Field. There was a large group of spectators waiting to see if their loved ones survived the cold... and the sharks . View attachment 109862 The strong tides pushed them around, so they starting popping out of the water at various points up and down the coast... View attachment 109863 View attachment 109864 ... and then running to the finish line. As you might expect, there were some impressive physical specimens among the leaders. View attachment 109865 Derek is a sculpted 6' 4" 230 pounds... a studly ex-NFL tight end... but he wasn't in the lead pack. I'll enjoy teasing him about this order of finish. 09:01:20 AM - OMG, she did it without a wetsuit!!! View attachment 109866 09:02:14 AM View attachment 109867 09:02:53 AM View attachment 109868 09:03:45 AM View attachment 109869 09:07:48 AM View attachment 109870 But anyone who completes an Alcatraz swim has my complete and utter respect. Derek richly derserves his trophy shirt! View attachment 109871 BTW, Crissy Field is my new favorite place for pictures of the GG Bridge. View attachment 109872 Hmmm, I wonder if I could get any business if I advertised myself as a Personal Paparazzo for Hire?