Today was the annual Polar Plunge here, which is a fundraiser for Special Olympics. I thought it might be kind of fun to go down and watch these people run into the freezing cold Deschutes River, many of them in costumes. The skies were clear but it was just 28 degrees F. with a wind chill that felt to me like 5 degrees. The water temperature was about 39 degrees. But everyone seemed to be having a great time despite running into the icy water. I don’t know any of the people in these photos, but they were kind enough to let me take their pictures. If anyone in Bend knows their identity, feel free to forward this to them.
One of my sisters does this event every year in Minnesota and all I have to say is, “you’re nuts!”