The blog has come full circle for me. My second post came Jan 1, 2009 from the village of Grand Valley where I had gone to cover a polar dip that was supposed to take place that morning. I arrived to find an empty parking lot with one lone figure sitting on a bench. I was informed by Peter Boettcher that due to fast water and a lack of ice the event was cancelled. Peter became my post that day. Fast forward one year later and I found myself in that same park but under totally different circumstances. The weather has been perfect for building ice and 9 inches of thickness had built up above the Mill Street dam on the Grand. About 100 people had crowded the bank of the river to see 17 brave souls take the plunge. Barry Wilson and Dave Pounds were the first to break the ice leaping into the frigid waters of the Grand.
The rest of the gang followed quickly and then scrambled even faster to get out of the river. It takes a hardy individual to decide that jumping in to sub zero water on the first day of the new year is a good idea. Well there was a method to their madness. The annual event, which is now organized by the local Lions Club helps raise money for local community betterment projects.
Tom Knox was the first to pull himself up a ladder letting out an audible gasp as he landed a foot on solid ice. The other participants were not game to wait their turn opting to scramble across the ice instead. Kudos to these winter warriors for their gumption. They are braver than me. Mathew and I have decided to extend the blog until Jan 10 so this will not be the final post. We have something special in mind for that. Happy 2010.