Thursday, December 29, 2011

Countdown to New Years Eve - 2 Nights plus Polar Swim

Oh man, excitement approaches as the baby New Years is almost here. Get your party hats and cocktails ready for the rockin' Saturday night - the last day of the year. It makes me cry. If I still wrote checks I would worry about signing the wrong year on the check, but I don't even remember what a check is. Santa and his sexy elves dash into the water in the Polar Swim photo above.

The snow is falling and it is cold out so there might even be some ice on Lake Ontario. Maybe not enough to slow down the Polar Bear swimmers that will brave the New Years Day dip. Many places have costume contests for those that join in the charity dunks so get yours ready. My brother and I will try to photograph the Ashbridges Bay (at The Beach) swim and we will be wearing our viking helmets.
Sunnyside had some polar bears protesting

We used to go to both the Sunnyside and the Ashbridges Bay New Years Day (January 1) swims as the start times were staggered. Now they both go at noon. The Ashbridges Bay swim has the advantage of a heated tent for opening ceremonies, plenty of coffee and hot chocolate for the participants, a costume contest and the swimmers go out in waves and not all at once - so it lasts longer. My plan is to bring shorts and sandals and take pictures from the water, the only problem is staying on your feet in the slippery rocks as I don't want my cameras to take a polar swim of their own.

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