First Day Hikes

Hiking on January 1st has been a tradition for me for several years. Actually, being active outdoors seems to be my trend on “fireworks holidays” – the 4th of July and New Year’s. When I was in high school, there were several 4ths when I’d go for long(ish, at the time, 13-14 miles) bike rides from my then-hometown to the Delaware River. I’ve also hiked on some 4ths, starting with Mount Diablo in the Bay Area about four years ago. These two “fireworks holidays” are great for so many reasons. They’re on opposite sides of the year, and so guarantee diverse weather conditions; they are largely obligation free–you can do as much or as little as you like; and, of course, they include fireworks!

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Cool tools for when walks go awry

My husband Chris recently said, “I’ve never in my life regretted going for a walk.” It’s a lovely sentiment, as it captures so well the essence of how I feel after a good walk, especially if I didn’t necessarily want to get off the couch in the first place. Since it’s such a well-put statement, I wish I were using it somewhere better than this entry.

Because nice as it sounds, it isn’t really true. Continue reading “Cool tools for when walks go awry”