The Winter People

Are you aware that bears do not actually hibernate during the winter months? I hadn’t actually thought much about this until recent spells of cold weather beat down upon Cape Cod during the latter part of the holidays. Forced in to my own seasonal state of torpor and fueled by wine and a decanted holiday pastry, I began wondering if every other Cape dweller shares the same indoor fate on these oh-soooo-cold days and nights. Or, if by chance, there were other creatures unfazed by these Canadian downdrafts, people who charged out the door to enjoy mother nature in all her wintery glory?

Turns out, such creatures exist! And they all congregate at the Polar Bear Plunge. That’s right, bikinis, speedos and icebergs. Events occur from Provincetown to Cotuit, and are typically held on New Year’s Day. Hundreds of well-intentioned people come together not only to usher in the New Year but for the benefit of individuals and organizations in need. Unfortunately, this year’s frigid temps have put the damper on a few of these scheduled events but there is always next winter to look forward to. That’s right…I said it and I’ll repeat: let’s look forward to next winter! It’s not so bad, is it? So, if you’re in the need for a quick skin tightening and cup of hot cocoa on the beach in January I encourage you to come out of your wintery den and go for a swim at next year’s event. See you at the beach!