First Day hike set for today

Associated Press/PDT Staff

December 31, 2012

Wayne Allen

PDT Staff Writer

After a night of compotation and merriment, one way to get your New Year’s resolution started right, is to attend the ‘first day’ hike in Shawnee State Park.

The first day hike is being sponsored by the the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) and is scheduled to start today at 1 p.m.

Those interested in participating in the hike are being advised to meet at Shawnee State Park lodge before the hike for registration.

It’s being advised that hikers, “dress warmly, wear layers of clothing and sturdy, warm hiking boots or shoes, as well as hats and gloves. Hikers are also being advised to bring water.”

According to weather.com, the forecast is calling for a light mixture of wintry precipitation in the morning that will transition to rain and snow showers in the afternoon. With temperatures in the lower 30s.

According to released information the, “first day’ family hike on New Year’s Day, is a way to connect children and parents with the great outdoors even – or maybe especially – in winter. Hikers can expect, to be surrounded by the quiet beauty of nature in winter, with views and vistas unimpeded by foliage. Wildlife that might be spied along these walks will almost certainly include the tough and sturdy chickadees, state bird of Massachusetts, and wild turkeys, the state game bird. Keep an eye out for deer sightings, squirrels and if you’re lucky, a red fox or bobcat.”

Expected to last about two hours, the hike could be a ‘step’ in the right direction toward a healthier new year.

For more information about the ‘first day’ hike call 740-858-6552 or for more information about Shawnee State Park visit http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/parks/parks/shawnee/tabid/788/Default.aspx.

Wayne Allen may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 228, or wallen@heartlandpublications.com.