Okanagan Lake Dip Challenge Week XII
January 1, 2015, Tug Boat Beach, Lake Okanagan, BC
Vivat Okanagan Lake!
My daughter (Tabitha, age 14), sister (Miranda) and I began our 12 week challenge on Thanksgiving Day 2014. Our challenge was to take a dip in the lake, once a week, until the New Year 2015. We dip/did it! We completed the challenge, 12 ice cold dips in the magnificent Okanagan Lake! Thank you to all of those who supported us on this crazy, yet satisfying quest! The quest truly was satisfying on a personal level as I learned a lot about myself by attempting this quest and I am stronger for having completed it.
Let us all continue to celebrate the preciousness of our Canadian water systems by keeping them pure and full of the healthy aquatic life that thrive within them and on their shores.
Happy New Year to all my readers! Our New Year’s Day challenge was icy as the wild chill was high. It was -6 Celsius with a nasty wind on top of that. We had a plethora of dippers for our grand finale: Peter, John, Artemis, Pippi and Nem joined us for our last dip. If you listen to the end of the video, you can hear how wicked the wind was on this dip.
You can view our grand finale dip on the video below.
Feel free to check out all of our Okanagan Lake Challenges: Dip XI has links to all of our past dips!
I hope you have enjoyed following along on our quest to raise awareness of the precious Canadian water systems. I’ve included an invitation to the Blue Dot movement, for those who want to contribute by ensuring clean Canadian water now and in the future. I sent a letter to the mayor of my city, Colin Basran, inviting him to join our challenge and to ask him to write a declaration that decrees all Kelowna citizens the right to clean water. I have not had a reply from his office as of yet, but I sent my letter and I hope that you’ll take a minute for planet earth and send one too.
We’ve been Okanagan Lake Dipping for two reasons:
1. Raise awareness of how valuable Canadian water is to us. We want our fellow Canadians to write their government leaders to make sure Canadian waters remain protected from human pollution and greed. 50% of the oxygen we breath comes from the ocean yet only 3% of Canadian Pacific waters are protected. Furthermore, Canadian freshwater lakes are at risk of turning into mine tailing dumping grounds. Every Canadian citizen has a voice. Let the Canadian government hear our voices on issues regarding our water. Our quest requires no money, simply action.
*Start with the mayor of your city. Write a letter to your mayor, ask your municipality to decree all it’s residents the right to clean water and clean air.
2. A personal challenge to keep life edgy and interesting.