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Hop Off Santa's Lap and Take a Healthy Holiday Hike

Tuesday, December 11, 2007; Page HE03

The trail challenge committee really let me down this time. Dogs, friends and wives all decided to sleep in on a chilly Saturday morning.

Thanks a lot, Aussie, you lazybones.

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But Vicky, at least, rose from her beauty sleep and joined me to map out a walk we're calling "The Miracle on 12th Street." That's in honor of Vicky's favorite Christmas story and the fact that it begins near the downtown Macy's at 12th and G streets NW. I tried to bribe her to go sit on Santa's lap and start speaking Dutch. No luck.

She said that was a stupid idea. I was hoping for pictures.

We had three things in mind in designing the contest this time.

First, we took to heart the suggestion some people had after our October hike at Turkey Run. Folks asked us to make sure some of our challenges are easily accessible by public transportation. You'll have your choice of Metro stops on this one.

Second, we wanted to keep the District in the loop and not make this a solely suburban venture.

Lastly, we wanted to take advantage of the season.

Voila, the perfect holiday stroll, a route that will take you past a couple of prominent Christmas trees, a super-cool train display and some nifty sculpture. There are also options for ice skating, shopping and seasonal drinks along the way.

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