Four jump into new year with Swinomish Channel plunge
January 5, 2022
New Year’s came in with a bang for most people here, with loud fireworks on the west side of the Swinomish Channel signaling the arrival of 2022.
For a few hardy others, though, the calendar turned over with a splash.
Those brave souls, including seven-year-old Porter Weatherford, literally dove into the new year by taking a dip into frigid Swinomish Channel north of La Conner Marina.
Waiting 30 minutes did not make it any warmer.
Former Town Councilmember John Leaver and co-organizer Rick Dole were ready to go in at 11 a.m. but they then recalled they had promoted an 11:30 a.m. start tim...