[Thanks to everyone for letting us know a group has been doing this plunge for years here. Rachel said she’s hoping next year to band together to make it the biggest Rattlesnake plunge yet. If you have photos of past plunges email them to email@example.com]
You see them on the news every year as thousands of people across the country use this ‘freezing’ tradition to usher in the New Year.
AND…Snoqualmie resident Rachel Money is hoping Rattlesnake Lake will have a big Polar Bear Plunge every year going forward.
2018 marked the first year for Rachel’s organized Plunge in the frigid water of North Bend’s Rattlesnake Lake. Rachel said she decided to organize this small Polar Plunge because she was looking for a place to continue her 20-year tradition of jumping into the freezing water to kick-start her New Year.
After finding there weren’t any large, publicly organized plunges on the Eastside, Rachel explained that her Snoqualmie neighbors encouraged her to start one in the Valley.
So on Monday, January 1, 2018 – at 10AM and in 33 degree weather – nine brave residents took the cold dip – with about 15 attendees watching and cheering them on.
Happy New Year Snoqualmie Valley! Leave a comment if you’re interested in joining Rachel and her fellow plungers next year.