3 Impressive Ways to Ring in the New Year in Lake Oswego

Looking for a little inspiration as to how to start your new year off in a memorable way? Here are three “only in Lake Oswego” ideas to jump start 2012.

Our son, Brady, making a mad dash from Oswego Canal to our hot tub at 12:01 a.m. on New Year's Day

Take the polar bear dip. For years, our son Brady, would claim rights to the title of “first in the lake” by bolting out our back door, across our backyard, and into our canal at 12:01 a.m. New Year’s Day before rewarding himself with a long soak in our hot tub. (Unfortunately I could never join him because someone had to take the picture!)

Walk around the lake. You know it’s going to a be a good year when you can clock in a 7-plus mile walk/run through a scenic setting highlighted by lake views and perhaps a hot chocolate or latte you nab along the way.

Tom and Sandi Swinford brave the elements to kick off New Year's Day by skiing on Oswego Lake.

Tom Swinford skiing on New Year's Day on Oswego Lake

Be the first to water ski on the lake. Tom and Sandi Swinford have been skiing on Oswego Lake on New Year’s Day for about fifteen years. “We extend an open invitation for people to join us,” Sandi explains, but there have been few takers.  It might have something to do with the temperature at the time which averages 40˚. Some years it has snowed. But that doesn’t stop Tom and Sandi from each skiing their length of the lake in dry suits. Why do they do it? “We thought it would be crazy and novel,” Sandi explains, “and we wanted to be the first ones out there for the year.” In addition she admits that while she is up on her skis, she feels like “the fact that I can be doing this must mean that I’m still young at heart.”

Do you have a favorite way to greet the New Year in Lake Oswego? I’d like to hear about it. And I’d like to wish all of you a very Happy New Year! Start the year off by subscribing to my blog–just click the “sign me up” button in the top right hand column.

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About lovelakeoswego

I feel pretty lucky—I live where I work and I love where I live. As a Realtor in Lake Oswego, I get to share that enthusiasm with clients every day. Through this blog, with the help of my freelance writer wife, Genita, I’d like to share that enthusiasm with you. The quality of life you’ll find in Lake Oswego belies its size—there is so much to experience here from a fireworks show over the lake on the 4th of July to the Festival of the Arts--one of the premier arts events in the region. So please check in each week for another reason why I love Lake Oswego and who knows—maybe you’ll fall in love too! If you’re interested in experiencing Lake Oswego personally, please feel free to contact me either on my cell at (503) 939-9801, via email at costellok@hasson.com or check my website by clicking the link in the "Contact me" section in the right hand column. I would love to show you around.
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2 Responses to 3 Impressive Ways to Ring in the New Year in Lake Oswego

  1. Kathryn Sedman says:

    My name is Kathryn Sedman, I’m British and trying to trace Tom and Sandi Swinford who were extremely kind to me on a visit to Phoenix, Arizona several years ago. Could you pass this email post onto them please?? I never thanked them enough and would like to invite them to Amsterdam, The Netherlands where I live now. Thank you.
    Kathrynsedman@live.com

  2. Pingback: Here’s How to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Lake Oswego Oregon | 52 Reasons to Love Lake Oswego

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