polarbearplunge09waterI know that my mind should be on the coming summer and all of glory of Wisconsin in July, but I still can’t stop laughing about what happens here on January 1st. On the first day of the year, the beaches are filled with thousands of people who come to swim in a semi-frozen Lake Michigan.

Yes, it is cold in Milwaukee in January. How cold? Well, I would call your attention to a couple of things in the picture above. Those are real iceburgs on the horizon. That is ice in the water at the bottom of the picture – which kind of made it like swimming in a slushy. Yet, the beach was packed like the afternoon of July 4th. People here are fun, hearty, and sometimes just plain nuts!

The Polar Bear Plunge is just another reason why I love this town! polarbearplunge09crowd