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Take a walk on the beach or at Jack London on New Year’s Day

Happy New Year 2014!

A long tradition in the Crawford family has been to hit the beach on New Year’s Day, be it the Pacific or the Atlantic. We’ve never spent New Year’s Day near any other ocean, though our boys certainly have. They are the adventurers of this family.

Ocean contemplations, forest dreams

Being near the source of the beginning of life on earth seems a proper place to spend the beginning of a new year. The steady, melodic slap and roar of the waves provides a good background to mindful meditation and contemplation of how the past year has blessed us and what the new year offers. As for New Year’s resolutions, neither sweetie nor I have ever indulged in such fanciful notions. But apparently plenty of folks do, evidenced by the increased crowds at the gym.

If the ocean, admittedly often cold and blustery this time of year, doesn’t beckon, we might be tempted toward Jack London State Historic Park. They now offer guided New Year hikes, and with John Lynch or Jeff Falconer at the helm, we’d be treated to a delightful outing. Or there’s always the Regional Park in Glen Ellen.

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