Sep 15, 2020 at 4:48 pm #3676226Backpacking LightAdmin
@backpackinglightLocale: Rocky Mountains
It’s four-thirty in the afternoon and I’m feeling a sleepiness only caffeine, napping, or walking can fix. English tea time. Utah amble.Sep 15, 2020 at 11:04 pm #3676305Rex SandersBPL Member
@rexLocale: Central California Coast
Just today, I (finally) took a break from the screens that dominate so much of my life and went for a walk. Ideas started pouring out, as they often do, and I’m glad I brought my pocket recorder this time. Plus I think I solved a problem that’s stumped me for days.
These mental breaks are essential and soul-filling. Unfortunately, backpacking anywhere in or near California will be nearly impossible for quite some time. So shorter walks must do.
Thank you for reminding us.
— RexSep 16, 2020 at 8:25 am #3676329Paul WagnerBPL Member
@balzaccomLocale: Wine Country
As a friend of mine says (he’s a cyclist, not a hiker): when you get back from your ride you never remember why it was hard to get up off the sofa…Sep 16, 2020 at 11:32 pm #3676473Doug CoeBPL Member
@sierradougLocale: Bay Area, CA, USA
you never remember why it was hard to get up off the sofa
Man, so true. I need to just kick myself out the door sometimes. I mean, now that the air around here is breathable again (East Bay, CA).Sep 18, 2020 at 6:24 am #3676643Alex HBPL Member
@abhittLocale: southern appalachians or desert SW
Nice piece Ben. Of course many of know that in The Complete Walker, Colin Fletcher has many quotes about walking in the back of the book but one of my favorites is one of his
“I find that the three truly great times for thinking thoughts are when I am standing in the shower, sitting on the john, or walking. And the greatest, by far, is walking”Sep 18, 2020 at 7:38 am #3676651HkNewmanBPL Member
@hknewmanLocale: Western US
Nice reminder to get off the couch. Living in a walkable neighborhood or safe bike trails helps in this regard especially as age conspires to slow down our metabolism.Sep 18, 2020 at 9:18 am #3676666Jon SolomonBPL Member
Walking is definitely therapeutic.
I combine walking with mantra practice.
When the skies are clear it is also helpful to direct the gaze to the empty sky.Sep 18, 2020 at 9:56 am #3676668obx hikerBPL Member
@obxcolaLocale: Outer Banks of North Carolina
Really nice piece, almost lyrical. You mentioned several great reads for walkers and centered the article to a degree around “Wanderlust”. It’s a really interesting book and highly recommend. The origin of the term or verb saunter as described in “Wanderlust” is one of those little gems or flickers of light that bubbles up into consciousness with some regularity; sort of filling out or adding some history to the often spiritual nature of walking. You also mentioned McFarlane and his body of work might also tie in or help folks with becoming better observers while walking and thus better ‘amateur naturalists’
One you didn’t mention that certainly applies to all of us that follow trails or even make our own is “On Trails”.
It’s a great big wonderful world out there even if it’s confined to a small familiar space. I walk therefore I am. To walk is human to forgive divine. Think I’ll take a walk!
BTW Solnit is generally credited with coming up with the phrase ‘mansplaining’ (and there I did it didn’t I?)Sep 18, 2020 at 1:00 pm #3676681jscottBPL Member
@bookLocale: Northern California
Yes, Wanderlust is a great read; Solnit is a really fine stylist. I find it interesting that she didn’t mention Rimbaud in this book. Rimbaud was one of the great walkers of literature and ended wandering through Africa and writing reports for the Geographic Society.Sep 18, 2020 at 1:39 pm #3676688Dave HeissBPL Member
@daveheissLocale: Pacific Northwest
We are made to move, which I think is why it feels so good to get up and take a walk.Sep 18, 2020 at 1:56 pm #3676693idesterBPL Member
@doug-iLocale: The Cascades
“We are made to move, which I think is why it feels so good to get up and take a walk.”
I agree, even when we can’t walk.Sep 18, 2020 at 2:16 pm #3676695d kBPL Member
OMG, Doug, that article, and especially the video. Thanks a lot for making me cry ;-)Sep 19, 2020 at 5:41 pm #3676820Tom KBPL Member
It is what we were designed to do, and we forsake it at our peril.Sep 19, 2020 at 8:33 pm #3676828bjcBPL Member
Tom K, a great read, many thanks for that!
- You must be logged in to reply to this topic.