Friday, January 31, 2014

Preparing for the Polar Beach Plunge

This coming Sunday is the Polar Bear Plunge, an annual event that benefits the Special Olympics of DE.  The "plunge" refers to people plunging into the ocean, in the cold of February.  This event draws thousands of participants and spectators of every age.

Our friends Kerry & Hugh have been spending Polar Bear Plunge weekend with us and doing the actual plunge for the last 10 years.  (Spouse & I do not jump into the water.  I film the event for them and Spouse holds their little dog.)  Each year they bring a slightly different cast of characters to join them for this fun weekend.  

Some years the weather has been very cold and windy while other years its been sunny and warmer.  Wind, sun, and a few degrees can make a huge difference when they are running out of the water.

Many folks dress up in funny costumes and hats that add even more fun to the event.  Kerry & Hugh et al usually wear over-sized green leprechaun hats (purchased at the Dollar Store), since they are Irish.  

Here's a video (found on the internet) from last year's Plunge:

Kerry & Hugh et al will arrive tomorrow afternoon and we'll have dinner out somewhere, hang out and talk/laugh until bedtime, have breakfast at home Sun morning, and then head to the plunge.  Afterward they'll shower and change clothes and we'll have lunch together before they head home.  Its a quick weekend trip but its always a LOT of fun!


Steven said...

Here's hoping that you survived the plunge and had a great time in the process!

Anonymous said...

The ocean up there is bloody cold in July!!! But wait, these people are wearing clothes, no fair!

Hope you're not a corpsicle!

Peace <3

Ur-spo said...

effing mad, the lot of you!!!

Jon DeepBlue said...

HA! We do the same thing here...