Two years ago I started a tradition of taking a New Year's Eve hike. It's a fun way for us to get out, move around, shed some holiday calories, get an interesting family photo, and tell the past year it can take a hike. Even with all the good things that have happened, I like to at least pretend that I have a fresh start, wipe the slate clean, and leave memories as just that. This year's New Year's Eve was rained out, so we didn't get to it until New Year's Day. And, since we were visiting family in Southern California, I chose a hike in the area we were staying: Temescal Canyon. My husband stayed behind because of foot pain, but Goen and I had a mostly fun time exploring the trail and seeing all the new growth after the rain. Goen spent lots of time collecting sticks, jumping off things, and throwing rocks. Of course, because of that, it took us about two hours to go 3/4 of a mile and back, so not the most prolific hike ever, but more successful than last year's slip-and-fall-in-the-mud fiasco. Even so, I can't wait until next year's hike!
You can take a look at our 2015 hike here and 2014 hike here.