The air temperature may have been hovering at 50 degrees, but that water was cold in the lake at Fort Mountain State Park on New Year’s Day. Park officials said around 125 people took the Black Bear Plunge, with 120 spectators.
Black Bear Plunge participants from Gilmer County pose after getting out of chilly Fort Mountain State Park lake. From left, Betty Sammis, Karleen Ferguson, David Miller, Laura Rogers, Patty Berry, Melanie Harlow (holding commemorative cup), Penny Strickland, Michelle Vigue, Teri Henning and Mary Ann Barry.
Ben Longley and daughter, Cameron, 11, of Chatsworth, also run back to shore. Longley Sr. said this year was nothing compared to last year’s plunge, when his bathing suit began freezing after he got back on the beach and the soles of his shoes had frozen to the rock wall encircling the swimming area.
A woman running to get out after going underwater.
A young man evidently enjoying the invigorating water.
A Scout leader showing the boys how it’s done.
Larry Watkins, of Ellijay, poses with his granddaughter, Halee, one of quintuplet grandchildren, after they both took the New Year’s Day Black Bear Plunge at Fort Mountain State Park.