New Years Day hike attracts people outdoors

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STONE LAGOON- The cool foggy weather did not keep anyone from enjoying a New Years Day hike and paddle led at Humboldt Lagoons State Park. Nationwide park rangers are leading 'First Day Hikes' to bring people outdoors for the start of the year.

Park Rangers hosted the first hike along the North Coast on New Years Day that gave people a chance to kayak or paddle.

"We heard about it up here and what better place to have a hike and a paddle than on the North Coast," said Kevin Harder, a Park Ranger for the California State Parks.

65 hikers and 57 paddlers attended the guided tour. "It's a good way to kick off the New Year and hopefully just sets the tone for a happy healthy New Year for everybody," said Harder.

Kayakers of all different levels joined the paddle. Emily Davenport, her husband and young daughter kayaked for the first time. She said today's paddle aligned with her resolution to enjoy the outdoors more. "We thought there was no better way to start the new year then out here in our beautiful elements," said Davenport.

"I kind of wanted to get out on the water for new years for the first day of the year," said Michael Morris who kayaks regularly. "This was a good excuse."