I didn’t drink or stay up too late on NYE so I woke up on January 1st well rested and ready for some fun. Unfortunately the other people in the house, aka the party animals, were not up at the butt crack of dawn with me. When Matt woke up around 8:30am he said he needed to go watch Ted. Not what I was expecting to hear first thing in the morning.
Sometime after I went to bed and before dawn, Ted was ordered on Demand for everyone’s viewing pleasure… but they all fell asleep mid movie. So I made toast with a Laughing Cow wedge, apple, peanut butter and milk and joined Matt on the couch for the earliest movie matinee ever. Let’s hope this movie was not a sign of things to come in the new year because it was awful. But I should have known better because it is a movie about a dirty talking stuffed bear.
Our houseguest finally came to life around 10:30a and we decided to go on a hike at Torreya State Park. Last year Matt and I went hiking and camping at Torreya on New Year’s and I have to say I like the idea of making this a tradition.
There are a few loops of about 7 miles, and some smaller paths, as well as a challenge path that we have yet to try out. Torreya is about a 45 minute drive from Tallahassee so by the time we got out of the house and grabbed some lunch, we did not get there until around 1:30p. We decided to stick with one of the 7 mile loops to guarantee we are done by dark.
It is located along the ApalachicolaRiver which marks the divide between Eastern and Central time. This confuses the hell out of electronics and it’s almost impossible to ever know what time it really is.
There are tons of native animals to Torreya but the most exciting wildlife we saw was an osprey swoop down, grab a snake, and then fly away. From then on I was not only concerned with stepping on a snake, but with a snake falling on my head. Luckily, the other birds we saw were sans snakes.
If we had more time, I think we would have hiked all day. Matt and I are already planning our next visit to conquer the challenge trail.
We finished the 7.2 mile loop in about two hours. This morning my glutes were burning. I think I will make hiking a weekend tradition, loved every minute of our 2013 hike
What did you do to ring in 2013?
Any New Year’s traditions?
We eat black eyed peas every New Year’s Day for good luck. Last year I even carried a can with me on our hike and heated them up on the fire.