I actually don’t like New Year’s resolutions. I ALWAYS end of breaking them. I realize the need for more discipline in my life. No secret there. When I read about the 52 hike challenge I felt like this could be the year…the year that I see a resolution through to the end. If you are not familiar with the 52 hike challenge you can visit here. Basically the goal is to get outside and hike once a week. I signed up for the Adventure Series, which adds the following objectives:
- 1 Forest (if not possible, go to National Park/ Site)
- 1 National Parks, Monuments, Preserves, Recreation Area or Historic Trail
- 2 Hikes to bodies of water: Lakes, Rivers, or Ocean
- 1 Stewardship hike (pick up trash or join group to help with a restoration project)
- 1 Group hike (if you are regular to one group, visit a new group to meet new people)
- 1 Introduce someone new to hiking (on an easy trail)
- 1 Sunset or Sunrise hike
- 1 Hike from your Bucket list (somewhere you have always wanted to go)
- 3 Reflection hikes (journal at the beginning, middle, and towards the end of your challenge).
- 5 Waterfalls
Getting outside, exploring new places, and taking pictures is extremely therapeutic for me. Even on the harder hikes, I always feel much better once I’m done. The hike doesn’t specify that each hike has to be different, but I think I’m going to add that challenge for myself as there are so many great hikes in AZ.
For my 1st hike I combined 2 of the series challenges: introduce someone new to hiking and a sunset hike. My cousins from California and Miami came to ring in the New Year with me. It’s always so much fun. I decided to take them to Butcher Jones off Saguaro Lake for our New Year’s Day hike. It’s one of my favorite places to take out of town visitors because you have mountains, water, and wildlife! After you ae done exploring you can head down the Bush Highway to the Saguaro Lake Marina for a bite to eat and a drink at the Lakeshore Restaurant. The hike takes you through some great views and you can definitely make it as easy or hard as you like by choosing how far to hike. The full hike is 4 miles out and back. It ‘ends’ at Burro Cove which is a great place to rest and have a snack before heading back. Because there were kids with us we didn’t do the full 4 miles, but still had a great hike and burned some energy. We ended with the night with a weiner roast at the picnic area.