By Ken Stern 

Two jump into new year, taking a polar plunge


January 4, 2023

Ken Stern

PLUNGING INTO THE NEW YEAR – Anna Rose Martin, left, and her friend Michelle hug to get warm post-plunge. The two did not hesitate in greeting the new year with a jump into the Swinomish Channel just north of Pearle Jensen Way in La Conner Sunday. They came up from Conway prepared, with a bag of warmed towels and a change of clothes.

This year's New Year's Day Swinomish Channel polar plunge almost did not happen. At 1 p.m. spectators Lucy Martin, Pieter VanZanden and J. Lonee were looking expectantly but the shore and water at the beach just north of Pearle Jensen Way were empty of people. Calls were made to Rick Dole and John Leaver, who in 2021 led a group of four males into the water. Ollie Iversen, an observer last year, had been called earlier. He had no solid information to share.

But then Martin's sister, Anna Rose Martin, and her friend Michelle walked into view holding a beach bag of warmed towels. Without hesi...

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