The Smart Camper’s Voice / Entry 14
A tradition has been taking part for more than 20 years on our state parks every January 1st. A tradition that brings the best out of people. A tradition that embodies the correct way to start the new year. What we are talking about is the now traditional First Day Hikes that take place all around our beautiful country. State parks all around the country offer guided hikes on January 1st by park rangers, volunteers, biologist and more. This is a tradition that the Smart Camper’s Voice fully endorses since it is clearly what we stand for. What better time to start changing your life around if needed than the first day of the new year. A time to reflect on the past year and set yourself goals for the new one. Pack your gear and start the year the right way!
The More the Merrier
In 2014, an estimate of over 27,000 hikers all around the country took part of this new tradition and many more are expected this year. Look for the National Association of State Park Directors (NASPD) and there you will be able to find a full and detailed listing of all the hikes by state. This tradition has it’s roots in Massachusetts were it first took place at the Blue Hills Reservation, a state park in Milton. This upcoming New Year will mark the 5th time all states around the country celebrate First Day Hikes.
Gear Up Appropriately
A smart camper will always do his homework right, so take into mind the conditions of the park you have chosen for you new year’s hike. Since we are in winter, many state parks will have snowy conditions so take that into mind before hitting the road. Many hikes will be pet friendly so take your 4 footed friend out but remember, always keep your pet on a leash to ensure the other hikers safety and tranquility. A new year is in front of us and what better way to start it than in mother nature’s embrace. Blessings and a Happy New Year to all our readers!!!