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Santa on the Ice Age Trail

It’s that time of year again when the Lodi Valley Chapter of the Ice Age Trail Alliance hosts our annual walks with Santa! I decided that I’d use my space in this week’s post to promote these two outdoor opportunities. Both hikes are free and open to the public, with no registration required.

The first hike is the Tyke Hike, which is a slow-paced walk designed for young children accompanied by an adult. These hikes are all about taking our time and noticing the things around us in nature. The Tyke Hike will begin at the Ice Age Trail kiosk at the back of the Lodi High School parking lot at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 18. We’ll hike across the Rainbow Bridge and behind the Middle School, keeping our eyes open for Santa as we hike. We will then head back to the kiosk for hot chocolate and cookies with Santa. (Note: Santa will be happy to accept “wish lists” from children or pictures they may want to draw for him.)

The second hike will also take place on Saturday, December 18th and this one will be a Full Moon Hike.  The evening hike will be led by Santa and will start at 7:00 at the kiosk at the back of the Lodi High School parking lot. We’ll saunter along the Trail behind the Middle School before we go into the woods and take the spur trail up to the Lodi Golf Course parking lot, where we’ll enjoy hot chocolate and cookies as we take in the view out over the Lodi Valley. The hike will then return to the kiosk.

We love getting people of all ages out on the Trail and we love it even more when those hikes include cookies and cocoa! (Thanks to all the volunteers who donated home-made cookies.) As I write this I’m reminded that we don’t know what the weather will be on December 18th and I’m also reminded of the saying, “There’s no bad weather, just inadequate clothes.”  I hope that many of you will find your “adequate clothes” and join us for one or both of these hikes. It’s a great chance to say hello to Santa and meet up with others who are out enjoying the season….Along the Ice Age Trail. 


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