VIEWFINDER: Chilly Dip in Lake Washington Brings in Kirkland's 2013

Dozens of brave residents celebrated the turn of the year with Kirkland's traditional Polar Bear Plunge at Marina Park.


Skies were bright blue at Marina Park on Tuesday -- and probaby many lips were as well -- as dozens of hardy souls brought in 2013 with a splash during Kirkland's traditional New Year's Day Polar Bear Plunge.

Perhaps 100 took the plunge, and as many or more stood on shore watching, taking photos and cheering on friends and family. Even Kirkland Mayor Joan McBride took a dip -- very briefly, as she said afterward!

Kirkland Patch was there as well, bundled up and taking photos. Enjoy a look here, and may 2013 find you all happy, healthy -- and warm!

Leah Graham January 02, 2013 at 07:58 AM
This was my first year "plunging". Dressed in pink tutus, my friend and I took the dive and had a blast. What an amazing event! Definitely going to be an annual tradition for these girls :)
Greg Johnston (Editor) January 02, 2013 at 02:45 PM
You're braver than I Leah, that water looked cold!!
Leah Graham January 03, 2013 at 01:55 AM
Freezing! But we went to a lot of work to get there that day and wanted to make it seriously worth it! :)
Greg Johnston (Editor) January 03, 2013 at 03:03 PM
Please check out the cool video added by Barbara Travers of two New Year's Day plungers at Marina Park, right at sunset!


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