Below is a picture of a vulture happily celebrating the New Year while circling above our little hiking group. The morning started early with a light frost and a few miles in Dry Creek Par. After the hike, I did the Polar Bear Swim. Someone said the water temperature was 46 degrees. The afternoon air was closer to 70 degrees. This made the transition to swimming a bit more traumatic, but the 3,000 yards went smoothly. There were some worries that I might have a cramp, since I did a bit of jogging on the hike and the muscles were being used differently now, but it was all uneventful. Tomorrow is the Winter Alcatraz Swim. The water temperature should be 5 degrees warmer. Don't know if I can handle the warm conditions.