In search of something to get the new year started out right? Here’s a few ideas.

1. Leave time for a sunset. There is one thing Gulf County is known for and that is its sunsets. Whether looking out over St. Joseph Bay or the Gulf of Mexico, postcards are made nearly each and every day, weather permitting, of course.

2. Do some camping. The county offers ideal locations north and south for camping, particularly with the weather warmer. Dead Lakes Park just north of Wewahitchka has a host of campsites, primitive and otherwise, and the T. H. Stone St. Joseph Peninsula State Park also provides a prime camping experience. Both locations offer a host of other activities, from hiking to fishing. And they are an inexpensive way to spend time on the Forgotten Coast.

3. Take a fishing charter. The Forgotten Coast is home to a host of charter boats providing an array of trips, from the shorties on St. Joseph Bay to something more daring well offshore. Make your choice and pick your captain. Check out for additional information and contacts.

4. Take a relaxing stroll or bike along the Port City Trail. This jewel takes the hiker/biker through forested avenues, around Buck Griffin Lake and, for the truly adventurous, an excursion that can carry one from State 71 to the Gulf/Franklin Campus of Gulf Coast State College.

5. Volunteer at the St. Joseph Bay Humane Society. The Humane Society, located on 10th Street, is always in need of folks who will take a dog for a walk or give a cat some purr time. Call 227-1103 to help out.