This Tahoe man is halfway through his quest to swim in the freezing lake for 365 consecutive days
Thursday was all dark clouds and rain in Lake Tahoe. It was the kind of awful day that strips any lingering motivation one might have to be outside, in the mountains. A sharp, persistent wind cut across the water. Small, rough waves rolled to shore. The whole lake seemed to be bracing itself for the incoming storm.
As Nicholas Mitchell walked out to the end of a pier in Tahoe City, dark rain drops started to show up on the planks of wood. Mitchell held a white-and-green striped towel under his arm and carried a thermos of hot rooibos tea in his other hand.