Hiking, paddling, walking — there are plenty of healthy, outdoorsy things to do on this first day of 2016. Put down the remote, yank up those comfy yoga pants Santa left you and lace up your new sneakers. Resolutions or not, a day spent out in Humboldt's natural beauty and fresh air is a grand day, indeed. (And while a little hair of the dog might be a good thing the day after ringing in the New Year, please leave Fido at home for these adventures.)
As part of America's State Parks First Day Hikes initiative that encourages families to get out and enjoy the great outdoors, the First Day Hike at Dry Lagoon on Friday, Jan. 1 at 11 a.m. (free), is a perfect opportunity to start off the New Year on the right foot.
The Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary is also lovely place to take in a wide array of natural habitats and inhabitants. Join like-minded friends for an easy-going, hour-and-a-half-long New Year's Day Walk starting at 10 a.m. starting at the first parking lot on the South I Street entrance (free).
If you'd rather sit than stride, you can drop into a kayak or canoe for the First Day Paddle Tour at Stone Lagoon Visitor Center Jan. 1 at 11 a.m. and paddle around on a peaceful 4-mile trip (free). Bring your own vessel or rent one for half price from Kayak Zak's.
Nothing like heading outdoors to turn over a new leaf.