My camera and I hit the road to Mahomet yesterday, to watch the Law Enforcement Polar Plunge, a fundraiser for upcoming Special Olympics. When I awoke to a beautiful, sunny day, my initial thought was "darn, the water won't be as cold!" I was wrong; the water looked plenty cold from where I was standing.
The idea is that you get your team together, raise a few thousand bucks, then go jump into ice water. Fun for me, I say! I got there about 1/2 hour early, happy to find that dressing up is part of the fun. There were bikini's:
I secured my photo-worthy spot near the front early, and waited for the first team to jump. I was surprised when Team #1 turned out to be a bunch of little kids:
MM-hmmmm, all the sneaky adults taking up the rear: "You go first, and let us know how the water is..."
There were plenty more though, and every team's response to the water brought peals of laughter from the spectators.
More wimpy spectators, than brave plungers, I might add:
Here's a clip from one of the plunges:
We are SO going to do this next year! I've already started a mental list of my teammates: Melissa, Joey, and Ilaiy, and Mike, to start. I'm smart enough to know that hell would liken the temperatures of this lake before I could get Marcy to jump.
Wendy and Andrew and Reed and Davis and Max are on my team too, though they will have no idea. I'll just nonchalantly invite them to visit me, from Maryland, ignore their questions about why I'm packing the car with towels, and why we are standing in this line with people dressed like ketchup.
Heh heh hehhhhhh....don't tell them!
For more pix, see my smugmug Gallery: Polar Plunge Photos
There are also a few more movie clips on my YouTube account: Polar Plunge Video Clips