It’s your turn to participate in First Day Hikes

On Jan. 1, 2011, more than 14,000 people nationwide started their New Year by participating in the inaugural First Day Hikes, a program encouraged by the group America’s State Parks.

This year, it’s your turn.

“It’s a way to promote a naturally healthy way of life but also to promote state parks as a year-round recreation option,” said Priscilla Geigis, state parks director in Massachusetts and organizer of the national effort.

Organized events are being hosted in most states, including a moderate, two-mile hike at Vega State Park, where you might find deep snow and definitely winter conditions.

Don’t let that limit you. Find a state park and take off, whether it’s for an hour, the morning or the entire day.

And look on the bright side: There are no bugs.

IF YOU GO

WHAT: First Day Hikes.

WHEN: Jan. 1.

WHERE: Vega State Park has an organized event at 10 a.m. Other self-led hikes are available at other parks.

HOW: Contact Vega at 487-3407 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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