Brrrr! Post plunge into Swan Lake

What better way to bring in the New Year than a vigorous life-affirming dive past the ice into a COLD Montana mountain lake?!  The heart leaps with a powerful punch – jump starts underwater followed by a mad dash and splash through the water back to the snowy shoreline where the dogs are excitedly barking (perhaps cheering me on or shouting orders to get back to shore and safety?!) Dry towel, flannel pants, socks, slippers, hat and coat…

Everything zings and tingles!  Yes…it kind of hurts…mostly my fingers and toes when the feeling comes back but luckily my buddy Yogi’s sauna was waiting for us.  He lives right near the lake.  The “Polar Plunge” is an annual New Year’s Day ritual for many zany people and cultures.  An invigorating purge and launch into 2012!!!