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


Jewish Community Center (JCC)

3200 California


USF Koret Center

2130 Fulton


Aquatic Park

Dolphin Club

502 Jefferson


South End Rowing Club

500 Jefferson

776-7372 or 929-9656

Strawberry Canyon Recreation Area

Centennial Drive, Berkeley

(510) 643-6720

Lake Anza

Tilden Regional Park (off Grizzly Peak Blvd.)

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

Lake Temescal

6500 Broadway, Oakland

(510) 652-1155

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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