525, 600 minutes ago, yet I can still taste the moment that I was marinating in: blustery, salted ocean air coating my hair as we adventured down into Crissy Field and over the Golden Gate Bridge where I did my best to forgo my fear of heights. Somewhere, in between two nights of Pretty Lights, my audiophilic tendencies were reinvigorated and my love for the world blossomed exponentially. I’m a sucker for the bright lights, bold vibes and vibrant personalities of city life. There’s an energy that resides in the city, a resilient energy that grows stronger as the night grows darker while glowing technicolor.
It’s not that I don’t find an equal but opposite view of the stars and nature, it’s just for almost 31 years that my dancing feet have led me directly into the heart of the city. Yet, after 31 years I’m finally searching for that something new, something natural, something free – an oasis in the midst of a barren desert, a secret garden in a concrete jungle. Time and time again, I’ve found myself enthralled by the melody as the bass becomes me, but more and more I’ve simply pulled out of my city kitty tendencies and found myself into the great tonic of wilderness, clean air and a clear conscience.
The New Years offers up a wonderful, albeit temporal, period of solid resolution and personal resolve. Whether it lasts the whole year or not sounds like more of a personal problem but those who have a will, always always tend to have a way. But, I’ve found that writing down my personal wants, needs and goals for the year helps me not just keep track of them but I also hold myself increasingly more accountable of them.
Last year, when I made my 31 Before 31 Resolutions – I made it a point to visit a new local Botanical Garden or State Park every month and I’ll tell you right now that beyond going to the multitudes of festivals and events – it’s one of the most rewarding feelings I’ve ever had. Betwixt the travel and writing, work and kitties, music festival after music festival across the West Coast – I’m so grateful that we had the opportunity to visit so many wonderful places steeped in grandiose history and utter beauty.
With exercise as one of the most common New Years Resolutions, it might just behoove you to get up, get out, get over that hangover and get healthy – or at least just get some fresh 2016 air. Around the nation, thousands of people will be hitting the trails, mountains and rivers as part of the National ‘First Day Hike‘ movement – and there’s plenty of fun to go around on each and every corner of the United States. Just in California, there’s over 50 different hikes to join in over 40 different parks across the state, not to mention paddle boat rides, geology walks, seal tours and some vehicle rides off the beaten path.
- Sutter Buttes State Park, Butte County
- Humboldt Lagoons State Park, Humboldt County
- Anderson Marsh State Historic Park, Lake County
- Hungry Valley State Vehicle Recreation Area, Los Angeles County
- Saddleback Butte State Park, Los Angeles County
- Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Santa Cruz County
- Angel Island State Park, Marin County
- Crystal Cove State Park, Orange County
- Ano Nuevo State Park, San Mateo County
Where will you be spending the first day of 2016?
For more details on First Day Hikes around California, head over to the State’s Parks Website. For a birds eye view of all the natural, National goodness – use the hashtag #FirstDayHikes to dive into pictures and locations on Twitter and Instagram.
For a trip down memory lane, try out these adventures from the past year!
December: The Los Angeles Arboretum | Big Bear | Crissy Park
January: UC Botanical Garden
February: Glenoaks Canyon
August: Multnomah Falls, Oregon
October: Big Sur, California
November: Stanford Arboretum + Arizona Cactus Garden
December: LA Zoo Nights