Polar Bear Plunge at Blue Hole

Gary Zupancic, Staff Reporter

Dozens of people showed up at Blue Hole Regional Park on January 1st to jump into Cypress Creek as part of the first annual Polar Bear Plunge. At least the creek was still near 72 degrees. (Photo by Christine Middleton)

New Years Day is noted for fireworks, champagne and college football. But there is a new addition added on January 1, 2018. For the first, but not last time, Blue Hole Regional Park held its first Polar Bear Plunge. Only Frosty the Snowman would be comfortable in the frigid temperatures.

The temperature overnight was 26 degrees and, at the 2 p.m. jump-in time, it was in the low 30s. But around half of the 90 people attending actually jumped into Cypress Creek. And it was freezing living up to the name Polar Bear Plunge.

“Absolutely the coldest jump in the area. People said that the Barton Springs and other jumps were cold, but not as cold as Wimberley’s. The cold, freezing air had time to lower the temperature of the water. It was really cold,” Becca Manning, Wimberley’s Parks Director. 

“Traditionally (at plunges) people will do the jump and go. But with the McCord-Welp-Overlook and Fire Pit, people stayed around and instantly got warm. It was a huge plus. People stuck around the park and enjoyed their stay while there.”

The event was a huge success and according to Manning, all those who like their first swimming of the year at Blue Hole’s frigid waters will have the opportunity as it will be repeated in the future on New Years Day. 

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