Meet my new furiends Pen and Guin. We were all set to go to the annual Penguin Plunge event on New Years Day this year and then found out it got cancelled. Apparently on New Years Eve day, a boat with a wooden hull had sprung a leak and started sinking. The skipper decided to head for shallower waters so it wouldn’t sink very deep. Unfortunately that was the boat launch at Rocky Point Park here in Port Moody where hundreds of humans gather to take a traditional dip in the frigid sea water to start the new year.
New Years Day 2015 Penguin Plunge, Rocky Point Park boat launch, Port Moody, BC
New Years Day 2016, Rocky Point boat launch, Port Moody, BC (photo: Sheila Leavitt)
We were all very disappointed, and instead of spending a very beautiful but cold and somewhat foggy day on the water with the other silly humans wearing silly penguin hats, we spent most of the day in our land home, doing nothing. We could have gone to another Penguin Plunge event that was scheduled a couple of hours later in another community about twenty minutes away by boat, but Minstrel has recently developed a mysterious electrical problem and unless the generator is running, we have no power coming into the boat. The generator is louder inside the boat than out, and that was the last thing we needed to hear after a late night of “ringing in” the new year.
Pen and Guin usually stay outside the house in their light-up hot air balloon during the Christmas season, but before they left to go back to their home at the south pole, I took advantage of a rare indoor moment to get a selfie with them. They’ll be back again next December.
We are joining THE CAT ON MY HEAD for the first Sunday Selfies of 2016.Click here to see more selfies, and join the fun!
Photography 101 Day 14, It’s a swarm! Show us something that overruns your scene, but observe and compose carefully before you click the shutter. Don’t just point and shoot. Observe your scene closely before pressing the shutter. Spend time watching and planning your frame, so that you can take a photo that captures a unique moment in the larger scene.
Rocky Point Park, Port Moody, BC
Rocky Point Park, Port Moody, BC
More than 400 participants of all ages (many of them sporting crazy costumes and some wearing almost nothing at all) signed up for the annual New Year’s Day Penguin Plunge in Burrard Inlet under dry skies and a balmy 8ºC temperature.
“It was a great day,” said event organizer Nicki Forster. Forster believes the plunge has become a huge event in the community.
“It’s the community getting together to celebrate the start of the new year,” she said, noting it wouldn’t be possible without help from the City of Port Moody.
Nancy Scott of the Pleasantside Community Association, which hosts the annual tradition off the Rocky Point Park pier, said about $1,000 was raised for the organization through registrations and refreshment sales. Pleasantside Community Association is a fundraiser for the Old Orchard Hall.
2 of our PMPSS members also took the plunge this year and jumped into the frigid waters from the 5 vessel raftup halfway down the pier. If you missed your chance to get wet, the association intends to hold another Penguin Plunge to start 2015.
PMPSS Penguin Plunge Raft-Up