Polar Bear Plunge
Many have called me crazy, but for the second year in a row I will be wading into Lake Washington on Tuesday morning to start off the new year. It all started last Dec. 31 with a friend’s suggestion, and after a bit of hesitation, I joined the throngs (many in costume) at Matthews Beach for a bracing start to 2012. And to answer the questions I get most often; no, you don’t jump off a dock — you walk into the lake; to get the official patch, you have to immerse yourself (put your entire head under water); and yes, it’s very, very, very, very cold (www.seattle.gov/parks/aquatics/polarbearplunge.htm).
Doug Knoop, Seattle Times staff
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