Cascade Lake, Moran State Park, Orcas Island WA 1-1-13
Polar bear plunge. Three very descriptive words. I see a white polar bear in full throttle sinking into an exposed patch of the ice. It is an adrenaline rush that has yet to seduce me.
Granted, it rarely gets THAT cold here, but never the less. It’s cold. See the boy in blue? Breath clouds his face as he listens on to why the plunge is happening seven minutes later than normal.
This tradition happens in many places such as Seattle, and across the country, and possibly the world. Our own little Orcas Island polar bear plunge, a fundraiser for the Orcas Rowing Club is scheduled each year at 11:00am. Realistically, it begins New Year’s day about 10.58am and ends around 11:01am. It’s about the only thing that doesn’t fall under “island time”, except on this sunny, inspiring first day of 2013. This year the plunge happened at the top of the lake due to the newly found presence of salmon eggs. More info here if your curious selves are sitting at the edge of your seats.
The crowd gathered to see Otis…(and no jokes about his tail, thank you very much).
I mean the Polar Bear Plunge….
They waited either in patience or numbness as the last of the attendees found their way to the relocated plunge zone.
Ready set…. Charge!
They are out quicker than they are in.
Except for those couple at the end who just seem to love the lack of feeling in the top quarter inch of their epidermis :-)
In Hobbit Land.
For New Year’s or any day, I’d like to pass on this tasty breakfast/brunch item found at my blogging maybe someday real time friend’s place… Karista’s Kitchen, Here’s my take on her eggs in a basket. Go to Karista’s page for the details
The bacon went all crispy in a good way. I ran outside and the hot little guy shriveled up yelling to me don’t I know any better. I explained the picnic table out back is my source of natural light.
Trust me though, it’s a lot of reward for little work.