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New Years Day Tradition

Monday, December 31, 2012

Every year on January first, we plan a hike to the summit of Mt. Monadnock.
Typically, the hike takes less than 5 hours, with a quick lunch on the summit. We invite friends who have summitted in the past, and have the right equipment (warm clothes, gaters, microspikes and a pack) and the ability to make the climb without difficulty. We also pray for good weather.

The conversations are lively, and laughter abounds as we make our way to the summit. We talk about the joys of the past year and look ahead to the future.

Sometimes we are rewarded with great views, but not last year.
I'm looking forward to our summit hike tomorrow. It causes me to look ahead to another year of good health and great friends!

What are some of the traditions that you celebrate the New Year? I hope that you find reenewed health and joy in the Lord Jesus Christ this coming year. Jackie
Photo 1: Mitch Grosky
All other photos by John & Jackie Stetser

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TRI_BABE 1/1/2013 1:13AM


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RD03875 1/1/2013 1:05AM

    Good luck on the climb

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RSSSLHB 12/31/2012 6:58PM

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CLARALAW 12/31/2012 4:22PM

    I look forward to seeing pictures of tomorrow's hike. My now husband proposed to me on New Year's Eve......1983. So we celebrate that as well as welcoming a new year.

We married in 1985 and are still going strong, thanks to The Lord.

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SPARKLE1908 12/31/2012 2:48PM

    That is a wonderful, beautiful way to begin the year...I wish we had a moutain in Dallas...I hope you enjoy your time with family and friends....

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INCREDIBLYME 12/31/2012 1:44PM

    wow- starting the year on a mountaintop- gives one great perspective on life- if only we could start the year with an "overview"- seeing where the path led, knowing where the detours and pitfalls were, having the assurance that the valleys didn't last forever. Enjoy you hike

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SAINTBERNARD6 12/31/2012 10:55AM

    what a wonderful tradition........have fun and enjoy your friends...For the last 3 years, I have taken a bus trip to Tulsa on New Year's Day to the Hard Rock Casino (except last year when New Year's was on Sunday). This year one of my daughter's is going with me.

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LINDAKAY228 12/31/2012 10:42AM

    What a wonderful way to bring in the New Year. I'm not sure if I'll get to hike tomorrow or not, but would really like to. But it's snowing today and snow doesn't happen enough around here to invest in equipment for hiking in it. I think right now we have about an inch, but higher up in the mountains I'm sure there is more. Your hike with people you like to be with looks like such an awesome tradition! Enjoy it and hope you have good weather!

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KANOE10 12/31/2012 10:29AM

    That is a great healthy tradition. Enjoy your hike! WE have freezing fog so a walk is out of the question. I grew up with the tradition of spending holidays on the beach.

Happy New Year.

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CAKEMAKERMOM 12/31/2012 10:23AM

    That sounds like fun! Enjoy your hike today!

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1CRAZYDOG 12/31/2012 10:02AM

    What a great tradition! Happy New Year and wishing you blessings, abundance, happiness and health.

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EVER-HOPEFUL 12/31/2012 9:45AM


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GAMMY98 12/31/2012 9:39AM

    What a great thing to do. I don't have any tradition. Most years I spend New Years eve by myself. 33 years ago today I gave birth to my youngest daughter.
This year I am going to bring in the new year with my sister and to other people that live here in the apt. building. We are going to play skipbo. So maybe we will start a tradition this year.
HAYYP NEW YEAR TOO YOU!!!!!!!!!!! I hope you have a great day tomorrow. emoticon

Comment edited on: 12/31/2012 9:39:58 AM

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DADDYS_GIRL6 12/31/2012 9:33AM

    Wow!! What a tradition! Thanks for sharing with me. Praying you have a good and safe hike tomorrow.
Blessings, Daddy'sGirl

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JSTETSER 12/31/2012 8:34AM

    Thank you so much for your comments on my SparkBlog today.
Our New Year's tradition will be the source of another blog soon!
Photos of this year's hike to follow!

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HORSESHOEHONEY 12/31/2012 8:02AM

    We don't have any, but after seeing all these fun ideas I think it's time to start some.

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NELLJONES 12/31/2012 7:58AM

    Like the Polar Bear dips, this sounds like a fun tradition and I hope the weather holds for you!

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CANDOK1260 12/31/2012 7:43AM

    I love this sounds like a great way to start the new year

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EDITOR 12/31/2012 7:20AM

    Beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing a new year with me!

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BAKER1009 12/31/2012 7:14AM

    I hope you all have a wonderful, and safe, hike this year! Awesome tradition!! emoticon


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MJRVIC2000 12/31/2012 7:08AM

    WOW! What a wonderful way to start the year! Thank YOU JACKIE! In His Majesty! Vic.

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WENDYJM4 12/31/2012 6:54AM

    look incredible.

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CHICCHANTAL 12/31/2012 6:09AM

    I grew up in a family where we went for long walks on public holidays. That's what I'm doing tomorrow. Although I had a 30-year hiatus of not walking in the country, since joining SP I've got seriously into it.

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JSTETSER 12/31/2012 6:05AM

    Mt. Monadnock is located in the town of Jaffrey in Southern New Hampshire.

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