|Penguin Plunge - January 1, 2003
Activity, report by Jan G.
Photos by Randy and Butch
Jan, Butch, Marilyn, Pam, and Randy
Randy and I had so much fun last year that we decided to jump in
the ocean again, but to take our adventure further north! The size of
our plucky band more than doubled: plungers were Randy, Pam, Marilyn,
Butch, Jan, and a handful of assorted strangers on the beach.
Photographers/towel racks were Barbara and Sal. The air was a balmy 39
We waited and waited for hordes of Hampton Polar Bears to appear
for the noontime jump, but they never showed; it seemed they'd given
up on making it an annual event.
We had to provide our own fun and motivation in the form of amusing
costumes (Randy) and a spur-of-the-moment GONewEngland cheer (Jan).
GONErs, GONErs, lost their minds,
Gonna freeze their wet behinds!
We counted down to noon and raced into the water.
...and there go the penguins!
Crikey, it was COLD! I learned that you can get an ice cream
headache from doing this sort of stunt. I also learned that when you
Though not a one will suffer frostbite,
Just try to get your knickers on right! :-)
Coming back out
Before leaving the
beach, we had the opportunity to plug GONewEngland when
interviewed by a local reporter. Then we headed to Yoken's
Restaurant in Portsmouth for seafood and hysterics (the laughing
kind). You can (sort of) dress Jan up in dry clothes, but you can't
take her anywhere!
We hope to see *lots* more people next year at our 3rd Annual New
Year's GONewEngland Plunge! We suspect costumes and/or body paint
might be in evidence next year, and Jan promises to wear something
interesting and symbolic on her head.
Try it, you'll like it!
|Boxford State Forest Snowshoe - January 5, 2003
Activity by Ken L.
Ellen, Martin, Lara, Mandy, Dawn, Joe, Barby, and Your
A bunch of us made it over to the Boxford State Forest
(Boxford, MA) to enjoy the snow. Martin chose to head out on his X-C
skis, and the rest of us decided to plod on through the deep snow in our
||On the far side of Bald Hill we ran into Martin. He was
having a great time X-C skiing out there (OK, I was jealous), but he
warned us about the snowdowns the way he came. I warned him
about the ones we encountered. Martin decided to trace our route
back, and I'm sure he wasn't too happy to find out that our snowdowns
were far more numerous than the ones he encountered. I'm sure X-Cing
through that section was a mite tedious...although it's a very pretty
section of the woods.
||Martin did warn us about the pond, though. He said that the
water was up a bit, but it was passable.
To the left is a wide dirt
road, not just a path, and the pond had decided to take a detour over
it. Martin wasn't kidding.
We encountered more water on another section of road a bit later
on, but fortunately it was easy to get across because of a bank along
one side. Whew.
<-- This is a road (?)
It was a LONG way around to finally get to our lunch spot at the old
cemetery at the base of Bald Hill. By the time we arrived there, we
were quite famished and ready for a sit down.
Unbroken snow surrounded the cemetery.
We were the first visitors since the storm.
We cleared the snow from the stone wall and took a
breather...but not too long, as it was getting cold.
The hike gave many of us a good workout, so talk turned to
hot tubs, hammocks, naps, a hot cup of coffee, and just getting back to the
car! Still it was a long way out along the Bay Circuit Trail to the
Sharpner's Pond Road parking lot where we started. But we all made it,
and all agreed it was a good hike, although I did hear one or two, "That
kicked my butt!"s. :-)