Jan 22-02

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2002: January: Jan 22-02
Polar Bear swim at Portage Canal    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by Ken Burgi

Charlie at Pasty Central on Tuesday, January 22, 2002 - 01:31 pm:

A lovely assortment of bathing beauties graced the waterfront in Hancock during the Winter 2002 festivities. Aimee Rathburn talked her friends into taking the plunge, and Ken Burgi captured the scene for National Geographic Magazine. (Just kidding). The picture does qualify, however, as a bonafide "glimpse of life in the U.P.", which you can find every day here on the Pasty Cam.

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From the land of snow and pasties.

By gs in az on Tuesday, January 22, 2002 - 02:23 pm:

You'se guys is craaazy!

By Jan A., Minn. on Tuesday, January 22, 2002 - 02:29 pm:

Ya gotta make this one the weekly wallpaper!

By ShawnR, MI on Tuesday, January 22, 2002 - 03:11 pm:

There's some bathing beauties for sure!!! (I'll admit, I'm biased - Aimee is my daughter.)

By Jack L, Okla on Tuesday, January 22, 2002 - 04:39 pm:

I shiver when my bathtub is a degree or two too cold !!!! No Waaaaaay!!!

I really do enjoy this site though, some great pictures!

By Danie, MI on Tuesday, January 22, 2002 - 04:45 pm:

Yeah girls we rock, GO ESTROGEN!!! :) (tall one in the back)

By Sheila from West Bloomfield, MI. on Tuesday, January 22, 2002 - 05:26 pm:

OUCH! That has got to be a rush.

By T. L. Longpre on Tuesday, January 22, 2002 - 08:44 pm:

Good lord! When I saw this picture I had to put on an extra sweater! In the 17 years since I moved from the U.P. I have definitely acclimatized to the warmer Southern weather!

By alicia on Tuesday, January 22, 2002 - 09:34 pm:

What a great pic! If only i were 20 years younger.
You go sisters!

By Sally C. from the Lower P. on Tuesday, January 22, 2002 - 09:53 pm:

Looks like you Polar Bear Girls are having lots of fun up there in Yooper Land. Good thing you are young, this would be instant heart attack for me.

By Becca, Aimee's supporter from GR, MI on Tuesday, January 22, 2002 - 11:02 pm:

Wow, I am so proud of you girls. Aimee, as much as I miss ya down state, you surely fit in as a Yooper. And it takes one to know one, eh? :) Luv ya girl

By Alice Arwezon, Alaska on Wednesday, January 23, 2002 - 01:16 am:

So who are they all - each of them? They all deserve being named.

Seward, Alaska, had its annual Polar Bear Jumpoff into Resurrection Bay this past weekend also. It's not something we senior citizens would do now - but we might well have when we were the age of those young ladies. We applaud all of them.

Alice A.

By Dan in Fenton, MI on Wednesday, January 23, 2002 - 08:20 am:

Thought I was COOL (pun intended) when I jumped into Lake Fanny Hooe on Memorial Day Weekend. Caught an irritating cold. I must not be as tough as those girls.

By Holly Saginaw, MI on Wednesday, January 23, 2002 - 09:51 am:

I admire you girls for doing it. Looks like lots of fun, though!! Can't wait to get up there this weekend.

By JimR - 40 degree grand Rapids mich on Wednesday, January 23, 2002 - 10:01 am:

Who raised these girls?? Don't they know not to swim when the water's chunky???

By Yooper in Indiana on Wednesday, January 23, 2002 - 11:45 am:

hope they just got outta da sauna before dey took da plunge!

By rl on Wednesday, January 23, 2002 - 01:05 pm:

whats the point of it.rl

By Aimee Rathbun, MTU on Wednesday, January 23, 2002 - 01:54 pm:

Here are the names...

from left: Aimee, Danielle, Hien, Briar and Erin.

It really isn't that bad-- its the running barefoot in the snow that's hard. And Dad, the water isn't chunky; they shoveled out the chunks before we jumped in! YIKES it was cold.

By Former Techie, MI on Wednesday, January 23, 2002 - 02:04 pm:

Looks like fun! I haven't done that in a while.

By Toivo from Toivola on Wednesday, January 23, 2002 - 05:02 pm:

To rl above, think about this:

What's the point of climbing Mt. Everest?
What's the point of running the Boston Marathon?

It's more than just a dare, or a wild impulse - it's part of who they are.

The finns call it SISU

" ... special strength and stubborn determination to continue and overcome in the moment of adversity. It is a combination of stamina, courage, and obstinacy held in reserve for hard times."

Greta, Milwaukee on Wednesday, January 23, 2002 - 07:36 pm:

A cool dip will kill or cure anything - although I always preferred Lake Superior. I did that one July while pregnant and had my baby 3 days later 5-6 weeks premature. He thought I had turned off the heat and evicted him! Keep up the strong SISU tradition in the Yoop.

By Dona on Wednesday, January 23, 2002 - 08:34 pm:

You crazy girls, gosh, how I wish I was younger,
keep up that SiSi spirt.

By Alice A. on Thursday, January 24, 2002 - 01:35 am:

Thanks for the info, Aimee.

Alice A.

By troll on Friday, January 25, 2002 - 10:35 am:

Hey I'll join in during carnie weekend!

By Andy on the left coast on Sunday, January 27, 2002 - 01:15 pm:

I think Erin's cuuute!!

By holdem inspector 2 on Saturday, July 30, 2005 - 07:46 pm:

Nice website

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