Friday, December 21, 2012

Bradford Beach and the Polar Bear Plunge

When you hear the word beach, you probably think suntan lotion, sand pails, and summer fun.  That is all true, however, you should also know that Bradford Beach can be a happening place the rest of the year too.  All we need is a little wind, and the kiteboarders show up in full force.  This is really fun to watch, even if you don't understand why or how they do it.  So many colorful kites out on the lake to watch.  You wouldn't think we have decent enough waves, but somehow they manage to do it and make it look easy.  The next day it's windy and not terribly freezing, you might drive by to see if it's happening.  They have more information on the kiteboarders website shown above for special functions.

Bradford Beach is also THE place to be on January 1st for the Polar Bear Plunge.  Ask anyone in town and they will have an opinion about this.  Either it's fun or it's crazy.  Either way, it can be fun to watch, but you have to arrive early to even find parking.  There is on street parking and depending on snow levels, there may be parking lots plowed to use near the beach.  I have never done this, and I'm not really seriously thinking about doing it this year, but there will be plenty of people out there.  You don't need to register.  It is free.  Just be thoughtful about bringing the right attire and plenty of blankets, handwarmers, non-alcoholic beverages, etc.  You can see more information for this event on their website above.  Will you take the plunge?
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