Yes, we did it. Barry and I headed to Rhode Island’s pristine Narragansett Pier Town Beach and began 2009 with a plunge.
A Polar Plunge, that is!
Hundreds of people (some plunging, some watching) gathered in the frigid cold to welcome the New Year with an exhilarating, well… plunge. Air temperature at noon – 17 degrees. Wind chill factor – let’s just say 0. Water temperature – 37… downright balmy!
Barry and I had the enlightened idea of wearing terry bathrobes for the before and after… and that worked out beautifully.
We did little jumping jacks as we waited for the “start”…
and at the strike of noon, we joined the river of people who were just as daring (daring?) as we were. I held Barry’s hand as we ran and whooped and dove into that water. I lost Barry’s hand at some point… maybe when the icy water stilled my brain! But we caught up on the way back to the pavilion. My feet were cement blocks. My legs and face were ruby red… but my mind was clear and beyond exhilarated. We hugged and laughed and felt alive. The waiting hot chocolate was a welcomed warmth and our fellow Polar Plungers were even warmer. Everyone talked of next year!
I don’t think I stopped smiling all day. Barry and I went home and finished preparing our New Year dinner… and we had the most wonderful New Year’s Day ever.
And yes, we ate our Pink Pig Cookies, too… and I have a feeling that 2009 is going to be perfect!
(An interesting by-product of salt water is that it makes my naturally curly hair VERY curly… and each time I glimpsed myself in the mirror today, I thought of that wonderful Polar Plunge!)
HAPPY NEW YEAR! Please tell me what you did today!