Bonus Sherpa: Resolution Solution

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.

My Weekend Sherpa:

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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.

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