Cool Strokes

Even in chilly San Francisco, summer means swimming.

So suit up, slather on the sunscreen and get ready for some fine summer swimming ... just as soon as that fog burns off.

If You Swim ...

Hotel Nikko

222 Mason

394-1111

www.hotelnikkosf.com

Jewish Community Center (JCC)

3200 California

292-1200

www.jccsf.org/koret_aquatics.htm

USF Koret Center

2130 Fulton

422-6820

Aquatic Park

www.ci.sf.ca.us/site/sfport_index.asp?id=23840

Dolphin Club

502 Jefferson

441-9329

www.dolphinclub.org

South End Rowing Club

500 Jefferson

776-7372 or 929-9656

www.south-end.org

Strawberry Canyon Recreation Area

Centennial Drive, Berkeley

(510) 643-6720

http://calbears.berkeley.edu/facilities/scra/

Lake Anza

Tilden Regional Park (off Grizzly Peak Blvd.)

(510) 636-1684 or (510) 562-PARK, ext. 7

www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/coolthings/parks/Tilden/lakeanza.html

Lake Temescal

6500 Broadway, Oakland

(510) 652-1155

www.ebparks.org/parks/temescal.htm

Weary of the sizzling sidewalks and dripping humidity of August in Manhattan, I was good and ready for the chilly San Francisco summer promised by Mark Twain's timeworn quip. But my first season in the Bay Area turned out to be a scorcher by SF standards -- some days, the thermometer soared to 75 degrees or even 80. Pale flesh poured forth from mothball-scented summer frocks. Old men clustered on the corners to kvetch about the "heat wave." Dogs sprawled supine in doorways ... hell, some people even went out and bought fans.

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