Taking it all in during ‘First Day Hike’

January 3, 2019

Several Havasu residents and visitors started their New Year off with a brisk hike through Lake Havasu State Park’s Mohave Sunset Trail during the annual State Parks First Day Hike. According to the American Hiking Society “First Day Hikes are part of a nationwide initiative led by America’s state parks to encourage people to get outdoors.”

The group braved the 46-degree weather and 18 mph wind gusts while they followed Havasu State Park volunteer, Larry Lord and park ranger, Jake Bigbee from the trailhead at the state park’s parking lot on Industrial Boulevard to the newly built cabins along the river’s edge. They trekked toward a small cove where they took a break to take in the beautiful scenery.

As they continued through the brush, soft sand, and rocks, Lord, a retired National Geographic photographer and avid outdoorsman, answered questions about plants, State Park history, and his love for Lake Havasu.

Yvette and Jerry Majerus, on vacation from Montana, were elated to see the cactus garden about a mile from the trailhead.

“We are here for about a week on vacation and found this event online. We are so glad we did because we would’ve never found this beautiful cactus garden on our own,” Yvette Majerus said.

After being treated with snacks and water provided by Lord and Bigbee, the group headed back to the trailhead thrilled to get the exercise and take in the scenery.

“What a great way to start the year — “getting out into the fresh air and meeting new people,” said winter visitor and three-time First Day Hike participant Jori Schulz said.

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