Cast of characters jumps into Bath Lake
MEDICINE PARK Batman, Captain America, Santa Claus and a giant yellow chicken walk into a bar.
There's no punch line, it was just Saturday afternoon in Medicine Park. The cobblestone community and the Park Tavern hosted the annual Polar Bear Plunge, attracting dozens of the brave and daring, the insane and the downright weird. Veteran jumper Charley Wright said it was surprising to see such a colorful cast of jumpers on such a cool afternoon.
"There's sure a stiff cold wind out today," he said. "It's going to be wonderful. We had ice covering Bath Lake two days ago, so the water is cold."
The mercury couldn't climb past the 50-degree mark on the thermometer an average temperature for the February tradition. But the only temperature that truly mattered was that of the water in Bath Lake. Its calm, serene waters would soon be greatly disturbed by dozens of men and women diving into the frigid waters to celebrate a 16-year tradition. It's an event that has become synonymous with the eccentric nature of the town, attracting visitors from as far away as neighboring states to make the annual pilgrimage.
"You never feel more alive than when you jump," said second-year plunger Tona Alexander.