Austin Polar Bear Plunge

Wasting no time getting started with a new year of adventure, and embracing my new-found spontaneity, I saw a post about Austin’s Polar Bear Plunge on January 1st so I decided to make it my first “plunge” into this new year. Sorry for the pun, terrible I know, but I couldn’t resist.

At 10:00 in the morning I threw on a bathing suit and headed to the local swimming hole. A swimming hole is the best description. Barton Springs Pool is a man-made pool that exists as a channel of Barton Creek and is filled by water from the Barton Spring.
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The water maintains an even temperature throughout the year so while it was chilly when I first jumped in, it warmed up after a few laps.
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And, I certainly wasn’t the only person to usher in the new year this way. About 100 other brave sould joined me.
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I would definitely make this a yearly tradition, and maybe some year I’ll even take the plunge in a cooler climate.

I hope you all had an equally fun start to the new year!

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