Last week I published an article on The Digitel Myrtle Beach about the First Day Hike planned at the Myrtle Beach State Park for today, January 1, 2012. My family and I had the pleasure of taking part of the 1.5 mile, two-hour hike through the park, led by Ranger Ann Malys Wilson.
When I first heard we would be walking that short distance in two hours, I thought for sure it would be a one-hour walk and one-hour explore-the-nature-center time. When I talked to Ranger Ann yesterday, though, she mentioned taking a really slow and relaxed pace, in an attempt to encourage folks to decrease the general pace of life and enjoy the nature around them. I’m always feeling the pressure of the go, go, go, and have gotten on my mother’s nerves, though she won’t openly admit it, for constantly rushing. I needed this.
The hike began at 10:30 a.m. We had our family visiting and were, absolutely, up to see the ball drop last night, bringing in the new year. I thought we’d be dragging, but the nine of us were out the door at 10:00 a.m., ready to go.
We wandered through the maritime forest trails. Along the way, Ann had inspirational quotes for us to reflect on. She also had activities. I think my favorite was when everyone was offered a paint sample card and challenged to find something in nature that matched it.
Upon getting to the beach, we saw jellyfish, horses, crabs, and did an activity that taught us about the peak seasons for things like sea oat blooms (late June), dolphin sightings (November), and the most gorgeous sunrises (December). It was clear that a lot of time was put into planning the First Day Hike 2012 and I think everyone left felling renewed and grateful for this opportunity to start the new year among beautiful scenery. We learned and laughed. We moved and stood perfectly still, listening.
Thank you, Myrtle Beach Start Park, for this event. I’ve written many articles about the park and I truly consider it the very best of the beach.
You can check out my Facebook page for several pictures from today’s events. We had such a wonderful time. My sister-in-law event got interviewed by local media. 🙂 She’s a star!
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