“A Journey on Foot.”
Just think about that. When people say “The world is a small place,” I always add “Unless you are on foot.” It’s true. Our rock is huge when you are under your own power. “Th Old Ways,” by Robert Macfarlane takes us on a bevy of walks through England, Tibet and even the Holy Lands.
As a child I walked every day. Mountain hikes with my bow and arrow. Meadow hikes. Swamp hikes. Desert hikes. And as an adult I find myself wanting the same thing. I’ll be staring at maps later today actually. Planning the next human powered adventure. This book brings a lot to the table, but the ONE thing I want to mention is something mentioned casually at the beginning. The idea of “skull-cinema,” or the dialogue that happens in your head while walking. It’s real. People ask where I come up with my story ideas….now you know. Walking, riding.
And don’t think you have to be a country dweller to reap the rewards of one foot in front of the other. Urban hikes can be equally as powerful.
Get it, read it.