2015 – Time to plunge in

2015 has arrived for us all, whether we drag our heels, kicking and stomping or whether we dive in wholeheartedly with anticipation to improve, heal, or attain.

plunge (the definition) – it’s a verb 
  1. jump or dive quickly and energetically.
  2. push or thrust quickly.
    synonyms: thrust, jab, stab, sink, stick, ram, drive, push, shove, force
 or a noun
  1. an act of jumping or diving into water.
    “we went straight from the sauna to take a cold plunge”
    synonyms: dive, jump, nosedive, fall, pitch, drop, plummet, descent

    “a plunge into the deep end”

    In the Okanagan where I live, we own snow shovels, and bags of de-icers or salt for our sidewalks and driveways. Some folks enjoy all seasons; making the most of Mother Nature no matter the temperature,  some dread the cold of winter, while others just appreciate each day as it comes.

    winter sunshine

    winter sunshine

    The daylight hours are shorter but there is nothing as refreshing as cold air on the cheeks, and sun sparkling across unbroken snow.

    Plus there is the pleasure of a warm mug between the fingers as we sip hot chocolate and melted marshmallows.


    Another tradition in many communities including ours is the (insane) Polar Bear plunge. I do not ever intend to indulge in this particular tradition regardless of how “green” New Year’s Day is. However this year the day looked mild, Mother Nature can be deceiving, and so I ventured forth on January 1 to Sunoca Beach which is about 16 km north of Penticton where the hardy fools plunge annually on Janaury 1.

    Imagine the scene, cold wind, I was shivering inside my jacket, hat and gloves and all around me stood “children of all ages” in their swimsuits waiting for the sign to run into Okanagan Lake screaming, and then repeat in reverse direction. I joined them around the bonfires, and hope the brave souls had the thickest of robes to dash into and then wrap themselves around aforementioned hot chocolate. The event is supervised and search and rescue are in the water to help any who flounder.

    I’m in training for next year, I’m going to put an ice cube in a seasonal refreshment 🙂

    Here’s my visual for you!


About dfolstad58

I live in the South Okanagan. BC. I enjoy reading, exercise, toastmasters. spending time with my son, my daughter, & her husband , and my patient wife. I try to respond personally to every comment on my blog, and in this way I hope to get to know my readers a little bit and and am able to thank readers for their encouragement on what they liked and suggestions on what they would like to see me try in order to improve.
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6 Responses to 2015 – Time to plunge in

  1. budweiser147@hotmail.com says:

    Nicely written Dave. Happy new year to you we’ll catch up soon.
    Sent on the TELUS Mobility network with BlackBerry


  2. That’s awesome! A lot of my friends have done the “Polar Plunge” into Lake Michigan in Milwaukee. But it’s the one thing they could never talk me into! haha 🙂


  3. Marlene says:

    Ask your Dad to join you next year!!!!!!!


  4. what someone forgot to tell you is that most of those “plungers” had a few sips before hand! They had artificial anti-freeze!
    When you have to cut through the 4 feet of ice,…………….I draw the line!


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