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Resolution walkers step into 2010

Resolution walkers step into 2010

by Cliff and Nancy Hill

If you were sleeping in New Year’s Day morning in order to recover from late-night New Year’s Eve festivities, then you missed out on a great way to step into 2010.

Led by a collie, this group of 2010 Resolution Walkers walked four miles on the White Pine Trail on New Year’s morning. Photo by CLIFF HILL

Another record crowd turned out for the annual Friends of the White Pine Trail (FWPT) New Year’s Day Resolution Walk. Gathered in and outside of Rockford’s downtown Rotary Pavilion were members of the Friends and others, many who have made these New Year’s morning walks an annual tradition for the past eight years.

This was a hale and hearty group of walkers who chose not to believe the previous night’s weather predictions on local TV outlets of four more continuous days of additional snowfall. One station even hinted at an additional 18 inches of new snow accumulation before all was said and done.

Apparently Mother Nature didn’t buy into the hype and rewarded the resolution walkers with a bright sun and blue skies to add to the crisp air and light winds. Perhaps because of the uncommon winter sun, a common salutation by everyone present that morning was a resounding “Happy New Year.”

Promptly at 10:00 a.m., Dave Heyboer, chairman of the FWPT, welcomed and thanked everyone present for attending. An annual group picture was taken and the four-mile round-trip trek commenced. The trail had been cleared in the early morning hours and all of the walkers—young and old alike, accompanied by more dogs than ever—returned in about an hour to the cozy confines of a heated Rockford Rotary Pavilion, where hot coffee, cocoa, hot dogs and sausages were served.

Everyone left that morning with a full belly and a sense of having started a new decade on the right foot (or maybe the left)! See what you missed?

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