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Polar Plunge

February 1, 2010 - Cindy Votruba
The last time I took photos at Canby’s Polar Plunge was just a little more than a month after I had my open heart surgery. It probably wasn’t recommended that I be out on the ice and wind so soon, but it happened to fall on the weekend I had to work and I was just curious to see what would possess people to take a flying leap into a frozen spot of water.

The Plunge was canceled last year because of windchills. Same thing happened in 2007. But this past Saturday, the sun was shining, the temperature was above zero for a change, so the Plunge was on. I made the trip to Stonehill Park. I was following a vehicle down the road to the park, and two other vehicles were following me. We all came to a spot where we had to turn either left or right. Like a lemming, I follow the vehicle in front of me, who decides to turn right. The other two followed suit. We all end up at a dead end, so we turn around and go the “right” way to the lake. The square patch was cut in the ice, ready for whoever wanted to jump in. Ron, the manager of the park, led the way. Only seven shed their winter wear and followed his lead. Nothing like a spectator sport.


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