That's why it's polar, right? Last year's event happened to be on a pretty balmy day considering it was January 1st in the Northwest (photo left), but after our recent weather, I'm mentally preparing myself for some seriously cold water and air this time around. True, we were still water-skiing up until a month ago, but that was in a DRY suit, not a BATHING suit! Good thing I've been working on my fat layer this past few weeks as it will come in handy to hold my body heat in.
So now that I've successfully lured you, let's make sure you know the details and little tricks I might have to share. The Kirkland Polar Plunge event starts at 1pm sharp on New Year's Day at Marina Park, so get down there around 12:30 for some warm beverages and a spot at the bonfire. Last year there were hundreds of people, some of which had already participated in other 'plunges' in Seattle that morning! The last two years I have run in from the shore with the masses, but I'm considering jumping from the dock this time around. I think I can earn my patch either way and somehow this method seems more direct, like a sudden knife to the heart instead of needles all over my body. But seriously, this is really fun and whether you're an old pro or a first timer, I'd better see you there!! haha! My kids are always proud to be on staff by holding my towels and boots in hopes of someday being able to take the jump themselves.
Here's what you need to remember, you living-in-the-edge plungers: Your bathing suit with warm layers that are easy to take on/off, cozy boots like Uggs for before/after, shoes with soles that can get wet (those rocks hurt under your feet!), hat/gloves, 3 friends crazy enough to join you, 3 more friends to hold your towels and block your naked butt from the crowd when you change afterwards, and a couple of canned goods for the food bank. Leave yourself some time afterwards to grab a free cup of soup at the Wilde Rover . So, how brave are you? I won't chicken out, so you know you can find me there. I'll even have some extra towel holders with me (they're cute/about 3 feet tall) so now you have no excuse. Happy New Year, Kirkland! ~j