Polar Bear, January 1, 2011

Chunks of ice had formed on the shoreline of North Avenue beach.

I don't recommend walking on this barefoot.

27 degrees, but otherwise pretty mild.

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This guy was pretty festive.

I couldn't help but notice how many people around me were in warm coats.

The icy water awaits my hesitant stare.

A second dip has become customary. Hey, as long as you're already in the water...

I find my trophy.

And raise it in triumph.

I think my left eye was frozen shut.

A frozen ice barrier once again impedes an easy exit onto the shoreline.

My hair is frozen stiff!

Cozy socks. Another year in the books.