The Monthly Dirt | January 2019

And now let us believe in a long year that is given to us, new, untouched, full of things that have never been
— Rainer Maria Rilke

The Monthly Dirt | January 2019

January is like opening a new magical book filled with dreams and adventures. It’s a time to celebrate our successes and failures of the previous year and embrace a new year with the belief that it will be filled with things that have never been.

A new year is a gift of new beginnings. Grab your favorite mug of hot tea and a blanket. Find a quiet spot where you can write down your dreams for the new year. What do you want to accomplish or change? Where would you like to travel to or what would you like to try that you’ve never done? Think about what could cause you to not move forward towards your goals. How will you handle that? Sometimes if we have a fail plan we can cut it off beforehand.

Most of all we want you to enjoy the journey. It’s important to have a goal but don’t get so focused on it that you don’t enjoy the ride.

Winter Skin & Lips

Cold temperatures and dry air can leave your skin dry and itchy. It’s important to moisturize your skin. Using creams instead of lotions usually works better. Remember to put sunscreen on areas that aren’t covered up when you are going to be doing outdoor activities. Don’t forget your lips! Use a lip balm that is ointment-based and also contains sunscreen. Chapped dry hands are very common in the winter too. So protect, moisturize, use warm instead of hot water when you shower, stay hydrated, and go enjoy the great outdoors.

January Events


Winter PMT Slackpacking Thru-Hike

January 19-20


Group Hike | Dowdell Knob Loop

January 26th @ 11:00

Hike Fit Series

Our Hike Fit Series involves hiking, running or walking, and exercise stations. It’s a great way to get exercise in the great outdoors with a group which makes exercise fun. Join us for January’s Hike Fit that will be held at FDR State Park Campground. We will meet at the Trading Post parking lot. This event is free but you will need to purchase a parking pass from the Park Office.


January 5th @ 12:30