Breaking in the bitter cold: Co-eds trade bathing suits for sweatshirts, ‘alcohol blankets’

cold spring break
Kathy Harrison | The Log
Published: Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 04:57 PM.

Spring breakers in town this week were treated to some unexpected surprises — frigid water and near freezing temperatures as low as 39 degrees. While it wasn't optimal beach weather, co-eds and teenagers alike found ways to make the most of their stay in Walton County .

High school students, Paige Wehrs and Cecilia Siragusa, from Chicago , opt to go shopping when the beach is too cold to bear. Of course, they said, any weather is better than at home.

"We're trying to find something to do," said Wehrs. "At the very least, it's not snowing."

For the 21-and-over co-eds, keeping warm is part of the fun. University of Tennessee students Hillery Evans and Tegan Ehrenfried said they just take the party inside.

"We just drink more than we should," said a giggly Evans with a cup of coffee in hand.

The UT students have vacationed along Scenic 98 before. This year, they said virtually the whole junior and sophomore class are here too. Playing drinking games with a large group makes staying inside much more fun, Evans said.

On the beach, bathing suits were rare Tuesday, as most breakers wore long sleeved shirts and shorts in the sand and along the Scenic 98 sidewalks.

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