I love hearing stories about polar bear clubs whose members take the plunge into icy waters on New Year’s Day, but I’ve always been a traditionalist when ringing in the new year. Chilled champagne is more my style.
Fast forward to December 31st, 2015 when a friend asked me to come along to the Evergreen Lake Plunge in Evergreen, CO to offer her moral support. I thought she’d lost her mind, and couldn’t believe she wanted to do this while Denver is enduring an unusual December cold snap. Given my curiosity, I agreed to come along.
Then it occurred to me – perhaps I should join her rather than stand on the side lines. I would give myself the option to participate, or not. I threw on my swimsuit and added more layers including coat, hat, gloves and towels. We also had a blanket on hand.