Lake offers little polar for the plunge

(Courtesy Photo by Barbara Thorne)

Twelve intrepid swimmers braved frigid waters for the return of the New Year’s Day Polar Bear Plunge at Eagle Nest Lake State Park. Another 30 trekked behind the Polar Bear on a 2-mile hike along the lake. The event was quite a bit less than wintery due to an unseasnal lack of ice and snow and above-average temperatures.

“It is a little disappointing that 2018 had the least number of plungers ever for Eagle Nest Lake but guess that can be expect after not having it for 4 years because of low water levels,” noted Agnes Gibson of the volunteer group Friends of Eagle Nest Lake and Cimarron Canyon State Parks, which sponsored the event.

Most participants came from around New Mexico, one came from Texas, one from California.

(Courtesy Photo by Barbara Thorne)
(Courtesy Photo by Barbara Thorne)
(Courtesy Photo by Barbara Thorne)
(Courtesy Photo by Barbara Thorne)
(Courtesy Photo by Barbara Thorne)
(Courtesy Photo by Barbara Thorne)
A Yeti (Janet Alton) and a Polar Bear (Dave Anderson) led the Polar Bear Stomp. (Courtesy Photo by Barbara Thorne)
Stompers get ready to roll. (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
(Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
(Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
Cross seen near the lake. (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
(Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
(Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
(Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
(Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
(Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
(Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
(Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
(Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
(Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
(Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
(Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
(Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)
(Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)