A Traditional First Day Hike is my way of starting off a new year on a positive footing. Walking was a little tricky, and after a slip slide along the edge of the road, I gave up and went to the center. Fortunately, there was no traffic to contend with and all worked out. There was a complete stillness in the air except for the crunching under my feet, and therefore, it kept me focused on the present. Peace. Abiding peace. Country living at its finest.