Ringing in the New Year - Birch Bay, WA
Photos by Karl KingMore than 280 people registered for the plunge although many jumped in without registering according to event organizers. Two participants show off their costumes before the big dip. Members of the Davis family, of Custer, Bellingham, Laurel and Semiahmoo, brought the end of the year to a close at the 4th annual Ring of Fire and Hope. More than 700 flares were passed out, though cold weather shortened the length of time people were willing to stay on the beach and the event ended soon after the flares burned out.