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Youth Polar Plunge…Wisconsin Style

2013-02-03 14.46.03Every once in a while people in the frozen tundra of the north have an urge to jump in a lake. This of course is not an easy endeavor since there is a couple of feet of ice separating you from the chill. To help those in need of a this insanity we do polar plunges.

The logistics of this are simple in concept but not an entirely easy feat. One must use a chainsaw to cut down into the ice. Once your geometric shape is cut you need to push what now is an ice block down underneath the more stationary ice. Walla you have water.

Now on this particular day we jumped the air temp was a bit over zero with the wind whipping nicely across lake. My pants which were completely wet from digging one of the youth’s suburban out of a ditch earlier in the day (a whole other story). That wetness got frozen rather quickly out on the ice and made my pants rock hard. That is how cold it was.

This event was a fundraiser for our youth camp. Eleven kids took one for the team as the rest stood on to laugh and talk about how cold we were.  They of course will still accept donations. By the way, no this is not how we do church water baptism up here in the north.

Check out a few of these videos: Batman is our daughter and Nacho Libre is not Jack Black. I am still not sure who Pikachu was.

Floating Raft in the H2O

Well the floating raft is in the water and has gotten a couple uses in the last day. A good number of young men came over, with the lure of steaks off the grill, to help. We then hung out on it afterwards. We have a couple tie offs so the kayaks and canoe can hook up. Thanks guys and we will see you for dinner sometime in September!  What to see some of the design of how I built it? Check it out here.



Floating Barrel Raft

Well another project is underway. The ice came off the water quick this year so I got this one going last week.  Got my design from http://www.instructables.com/id/Floating-Dock-with-Barrels.  I am following most instructions. However, i am not including the beer or the eye hooks. I am just drinking water and drilling holes in the wood to loop the rope.  Got free barrels from our local soda pop distributor.  It is really heavy so will need a few people to help bring to lake (and probable a few more to get it out).  Dreaming up an anchoring system that is attached to the middle of raft underneath, but still easy to raise and lower without going under the raft. Also will need to buy a dock ladder. So should have about $200 in it when it is all done.

Here is what we have thus far.




lakes. like no other


I don’t care what those guys from MN say, the lakes in WI are so much cooler.


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