We had so much amazing feedback from this year's first day hike that we wanted to share some of it with you, from you!
Thanks to everyone who was not only up and at 'em on the first of January, many braving icy temperatures to participate, but for every photo you sent in showing you with your friends, your family and even your four legged first day hikers hitting the trails at a Virginia State Park! These are a few of their stories…
Hungry Mother State Park offers excellent hiking opportunities and fun for the whole family by Tammy Hilt
Hiking Sticks Made from Branches of the Family Tree By Shan Sixbey
Don and Sandy Kelso of Moneta, Virginia took their family on a First Day Hike at Smith Mountain Lake State Park.
Their two children were visiting for the holidays with all four grandchildren. They gave the grandchildren hiking sticks for their collection of hike medallions from the places the family has hiked together.
The collection started with medallions from three parks visited in Hawaii this past summer (2014). This holiday, hiking medallions from Booker T. Washington National Monument, Sharp Top at Peaks of Otter, and Smith Mountain Lake State Park can be added.
Where will this family head next?
Hikers: Don and Sandy Kelso (pictured below)
Scott and Amanda Kelso, William Kelso (12), Andrew Kelso (10)
Brian and Shan Sixbey, Caedmon Sixbey (14), Catriona Sixbey (12)
Don't let that momentum slow down first day hikers…36 parks to choose from!