It’s happened again, right on schedule. For over a decade Will Stewart has not missed jumping into Clark Lake on Christmas day, no matter what the weather. This tradition began as a “thank you” to his grandmother. She had just given him a snorkel for Christmas. Will said “I’m going to try it out.” Most people would wait for a warm summer day, but not Will. So, into Clark Lake he went on that December 25th.
Through the years, Christmas weather has varied as you might expect. One year Will described losing skin off his hand as he climbed onto the dock. Why? The temperature was zero, and the windchill, worse. As you will see in the video, discussion took place about today’s air temperature. Just for the record, a dependable reading was 46. But that doesn’t tell the whole story. The water temperature has been influenced by several very cold days, including lows close to 20. To say the least, it was an invigorating experience.
This year Will was joined by newlyweds. Most people in the Eagle Point Cove are related in one way or another. In the video you’ll meet Brett Potter, Will’s cousin, and Brett’s wife, Denise.
The location of the jump is also part of the tradition. Because the water is always open at the Eagle Point Marina docks, it’s ideal for this annual event.