Each New Year I try to make only one or two resolutions that I can actually meet on a daily basis. Aside from my resolve to write each day, I am committed to a daily dose of nature where ever I can find it! The New Year began with a bracing hike in Shenandoah National Park, part of the Blue Ridge mountain range that extends along the western edge of Virginia. The Skyline Drive runs its length, and a vast network of trails includes a section of the long-distance Appalachian Trail. Mostly forested, the park features wetlands, waterfalls and rocky peaks like Hawksbill and Old Rag mountains.