GOOSE BUMPS AND FROZEN CHICKENS ON SUNOKA BEACH

THE HORRIBLE TRUTH OF PATRICK MURPHY’S LAST DIP…POLAR THAT IS…AT SUNOKA BEACH!

Well, it all started in previous years when I did manage the gumption to participate in Summerlands famous  New Years Polar Dip…things went well the first time; I ran in, submerged (every body part), ran out, drove home & jumped in the hot tub!

Then, full of brovado and being an experienced little dipper, I convinced a number of friends to participate the next year.  Things went well, everybody dipped every body part, we had a great time and it was truly a fantastic way to start a new year in Summerland.

But, then, the last time I went, none of my friends would come along, even to stand in the cold to show their support…only Mitch and I, not even my wife came out.  But I was all pumped and psyched anyway, ready to DO THIS!…but I got half way in (well, ALMOST FULLY half way in!) and something just snapped there in the cold waters of Sunoka (figuratively, not literally!) and there I was, suspended in time (two ways to take that statement, read it with a comma after suspended and you will know what I mean!).

There I was, the top portion freezing naked in the cold Okanagan air, the bottom portion of me submerged… REAL COLD in the frigid waters off Sunoka beach…the middle portion not willing to participate.

I was mentally frozen and I just could not take the next step…so, I tried dipping my head in…well, just my face, and when I came up, a wall of freezing screaming people who had gone all the way, were now turned and coming straight at me!

All I could do was join them, turn and exit the lake, defeated!  Iran to my towel and housecoat along the walk of shame.

So, after that failure, I realized, we (me and the boys) will never again participate in the famous Summerland Polar Dip on New Years Day.

But if you have never tried it, I do highly reccommend you go at least once…see if you have the ….shall we say gumption…to go all the way in!

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