For just about as long as I can remember, my family has had a tradition of going hiking on New Year’s Day. We bundle up in warm clothes and go somewhere scenic for a bit of exercise and to start the new year off right. Resolutions are fine and dandy, but it’s hard to beat getting out there and doing something right on the first day.
Since nobody had anywhere to be on New Year’s Day, I dragged Doug and his little sister out with me to the Mass Audubon Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary for a snowy hike.
I was well outfitted for this excursion. Just a few days earlier, I decided to treat myself to a pair of proper winter boots with some of my Christmas money. I’d been putting off the purchase, but after last winter’s impressive snow drifts I decided better safe than sorry.
I had quite a lot of fun crunching through the snow in my new boots. I even brought along my camera to stop and get some shots with the new lenses I got for Christmas.
And then on the way home, we stopped at the shoe store and got everyone else new boots too. Sometimes, there’s really no substitute for having the right equipment!