Yep, time for the annual Polar Plunge... unfortunately I've
come too early today to see anything cool. They are just
setting up as I arrive, and after my walk they still haven't
done any Plunges. bummer. (You can check out a couple photos
I got last year... Feb19 River.)
And, again, we don't exactly have
polar weather! It's 36°F
and the water temperature is 40°F (2° and 4°C).
But I'm sure that fun was
had... and Special Olympics Oregon got well above their
donation goal of $40K with 48,570$, so that's fabulous!
And on with my walk...
The spillover is dry.
But at least there's some birds hanging out at the ponds today!
hmm? Who's this??
I thought she was big enough to be an Eagle, and look at those
deadly feet! But she would not turn around so I could see all
of her face. Dang it, bird!
I walked on, but I was near my turn around point. She was still
here when I came back. And with a different angle...
Oh yeah. She's a juvenile Bald Eagle! 1.5 years old, based on
the small amount of white feathers on her head... which won't be
totally white until she's five.
I was hearing celebratory yelling from the other side of the
river. Before the Polar Plunge, they were also doing
a 5K Fun Run. The excited shouts made me smile, but I was glad
they were on the other side of the river. :)
oh look! It's not winter any more!
As I cross the bridge, coming back from my walk... oh, people.
I decide to make my way down there. But like I said, nothing
exciting happening yet.
I didn't wait around, and I make my way back to the parking lot.
One of the running teams went by, just finishing up their
Fun Run and I was amused that they were all carrying
pool noodles shaped into pretzels! Ha! I looked them up,
and turns out they were the team that brought
in the most donations:
Their team leader says that last year he
went in up to my tummy.
This year my goal is to raise $1000 and dunk my head under.
*laughs* I don't know if he dunked his head, but he def raised
more than 1000$, so that's cool!
I am not familiar with Reality Kitchen
but it turns out they are really awesome!
They are a Community Supported Bakery!
You put your weekly order in for
pretzels, and desserts. They are baked up by
who have aged out
of the special education programs here in town.
They are paid a decent wage and they are learning job skills
and getting work experience.
And then you pick up your CSB box, filled with delicious bready
goodness! And yep, they have some vegan items!
I might have to try this out for myself.