Landing at the pool for the first time in August and the second time all summer, feels like visiting another planet. I’ve been trying for days to get here and now here I am all geared up and ready for take-off. My tankini, flip flops, beach bag, and sun visor feels like an astronaut pool suit. A single poolside lounger set apart becomes my space station as I acclimate myself to the conditions. The climate is hot and wet. The glare off the water and the reverberation of children’s squealing voices seems other worldly. And then it happens. I take the plunge. Now I’m a Martian. Weightless. One small step. One giant leap. I’m in my element. The Cool Blue brings me back to my senses.