This level of crazy doesn't care about the weather. The tradition of running into a freezing cold body of water to ring in the New Year is something you have to experience for yourself to understand it. You don't need skills or even brains...just a whole lot of heart and maybe a few friends to help nudge you along. It's exhilarating!
Bock bock bock-don't be a chicken! New Year's Day - this Sunday, at 1pm masses of plungers will converge on Marina Park in Kirkland. These renegades have no concern that this is no longer an organized event, they are thrill seekers that cannot be stopped. Some are even in costume and rush all over Seattle/Eastside doing as many plunges as they can squeeze in for the day. Not even the fruit cakes they ate over the holidays will slow them down from charging into the 47 degree waters. It's just a quick dip- then off for some soup, coffee and a huddle near the bonfire.
I just surveyed my family to see who's participating. We're 3 for 5: One 39 year old that's more scared to put her bathing suit on than get in the water. One 8 year old that did it last year and is grinning ear to ear to do it again. And a 6 year old first timer that I suspect will make it to his knees and run back to his bockbock chicken Daddy and sister (who tried it last yr). But at least he's man enough to try.
Get there a little early so you have time to park and situate your towel and warm clothes for when you get out. Water shoes help too. Will we see YOU there?????