To the editor:

A New Year's Day hike! Sounds great, let's go. Hiking shoes, hats, layers you know. Oh, forgot the hiking sticks! We'll be okay. It will be just fine. We might see some wildlife, maybe an eagle, we're told.

After a group picture for Facebook to verify our big event, across the parking lot we went. Then into the grass, billowing smoke, casting shadows across the ground.

Back on the pavement, everyone to the right, here comes a car. Another spot of grass leads us to the pool parking lot, perfectly paved white lines.

What next? More grass leading us back to the road that takes us back to the original parking lot.

Now I'm glad I forgot the hiking stick. That would have looked pretty silly!

Better luck in 2015.

Greg Callis