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Seaside Heights and the Polar Bear Plunge
Seaside Polar Bear Plunge, February 22, 2014
Holy nutty day batman! Becky asked me to come down to take some pictures of her participating in the Polar Bear Plunge for the Special Olympics -- I had no idea it would draw a crowd of over 5,300 people!
As crowded as it was (and I mean crowded, which at one point turned out to be rather rough on this claustrophobic girl) it was still and incredible sight to see so many people taking part in such a good cause. Last I saw they were closing in on $1.5 million dollars raised!
There were some moving sights
Some hysterical sights
And thank goodness I do not have a picture of the guy who accidently dropped the back of his towel while he was changing on the beach....although I believe that image is now burned into my memory...
Unfortunately I couldn't get on the beach in time to see Becky and her team jump in, but I got some pictures of them all together after their plunge.
I also of course had to get some shots of the emergency services lined up and ready to help at a moment's notice.
After the plunge, my friend Karri and I took a stroll along the boardwalk. It had been the first time I had been there since Sandy swept through, and it was incredible to see the perseverance of the people there moving forward with their lives. They are still rebuilding, and no one on the boardwalk that day let it stop them from having a day down the shore.
As you walked down the boardwalk there was a stark reality of which buildings and business bounced right back onto their feet, and which ones almost seem like they've been abandoned.
I was lucky enough to talk to a wonderful man named Pete who let me poke in just beyond the fence to get a couple of photos of the construction.
With the bad rap Jersey has gotten over the past few years in particular it was nice to feel the old spirit of "shore life" still alive (outside the MTV nightmare bubble). There's still a taste of the 50's and 60's shore life there, and clearly nothing will prevent that.
We are stronger than the storm, and we will bounce back. Starting with the glorious baby-sized pizza slices.
But don't get me started on the traffic trying to head home....
Keywords: beach, boardwalk, charity, hurricane, polar bear plunge, restore the shore, sandy, seaside, special olympics, stronger than the storm
These pictures are amazing! You should see if you can get them published in a flyer for the shore. There must be someone you can send these to. Great job!!!
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