Outdoor New Year Resolutions in Southern California


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It’s not too late to kick-start your New Year's resolutions. All you have to do is head outdoors. Here are few ways to get 'er done.

Sandstone Peak Sunrise

Rise on the Early Side: Few places in Southern California compete with Sandstone Peak when it comes to watching the day begin. Sunrise at this 3,111-foot summit—the highest point in the Santa Monica Mountains—sheds light on the rugged Ojai backcountry, the hazy LA basin, and the high ridges of the San Gabriel Mountains.

Make New Friends: It’s time to meet the flockers! Pool parties are the norm for the 200-plus species of birds that call Malibu Lagoon State Beach (also known as Surfrider) their home. Terns, plovers, and sanderlings are among the feathered and fabulous.

Conquer Your Fears: Yikes, yowza, and hell yeah! You won’t believe how your heart can pound until you’ve zip-lined across a coastal canyon at speeds of up to 45 miles per hour in total darkness. Test your courage on Catalina’s Night Zip Line Eco Tour—the first of its kind in California.

Work that Body: Butts and guts (!) get worked to peak form while climbing to new heights!

Mingle Among the Stars: Once a month Griffith Observatory hosts a free outdoor party that won’t exactly have you bumping shoulders with the stars, but gets you close enough. Amateur astronomers set up their telescopes for the curious to spot anything from Saturn to the star Vega. The observatory also opens up its two massive scopes, the Zeiss and the coelostat.

Try Something New: Forget yachts and sailboats. A picnic at sea is best done on a Duffy! Don your Gilligan’s hat and explore Newport Harbor aboard this 21-foot electric boat that seats up to ten—a perfect (and perfectly quirky) vessel for a family get-together or good times with friends.

Ride & Shine, California!

So your 2013 resolution is to spend more time exploring California’s great outdoors? Good on ya! Here’s a great way to make it happen (and meet new people, support a great cause, get in shape…): Sign up for AIDS/LifeCycle 2013, one of the most classic bike rides in the world, rolling from San Francisco to Los Angeles through California’s most iconic landscapes. Anyone can participate, regardless of background, fitness level, or experience. Register now and get $20 off using promo code SHERPA. Expert-led training sessions will get you outdoors regularly—from easy spins to intensive hill training. You’ll also benefit from advice on fitness and nutrition—plus get to know other riders at social gatherings. It’s all in preparation for the main event: An amazing, fully supported 7-day ride with hot meals, massages, gear transport, pit stops, and lots of cheering. It’ll be a blast for a good cause: Helping the LA Gay & Lesbian Center and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation provide vital HIV prevention, treatment, and support services. You belong here! Check out this video to see what it's all about and join a (complimentary) training ride to learn more. 2013 is your year to ride!

TIP: Space for the 2013 AIDS/LifeCycle will fill up soon—register online with promo code SHERPA and get $20 off your registration fee.

Join AIDS/LifeCycle for a Soiree at the Hollywood Forever Masonic Lodge on January 19, to celebrate seven days in one night! RSVP now to save your place for this night of fun, food and entertainment.