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Old 08-13-2019, 05:29 AM   #1
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John Muir on Hiking
"Hiking - I don't like either the word or the thing. People ought to saunter in the mountains - not hike! Do you know the origin of that word 'saunter?' It's a beautiful word. Away back in the Middle Ages people used to go on pilgrimages to the Holy Land, and when people in the villages through which they passed asked where they were going, they would reply, "A la sainte terre,' 'To the Holy Land.' And so they became known as sainte-terre-ers or saunterers. Now these mountains are our Holy Land, and we ought to saunter through them reverently, not 'hike' through them."
~ John Muir, quoted by Albert Palmer in A Parable of Sauntering

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Old 08-13-2019, 05:47 AM   #2
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I like that. Pretty cool.
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Old 08-13-2019, 07:11 AM   #3
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So walk,boogie,hoof it, cruise, through the hills and forest , are no longer acceptable?
That's just fine. Because I like the word saunter too.
Think I'll adapt it to my mode of transportation lingo.
Thanks John Muir.
Now go run down that trail.
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That's awesome. Thanks for sharing this cool perspective. I saunter around, but it sure isnt always in holy lands.
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Old 08-13-2019, 08:41 PM   #5
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I like to meander.
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Meander.... I can relate..... I meandered up to the barber shop this AM but they didn’t open till 11:00. So I meandered to Safeway and purchased the morning wipe. Meandered back to barber shop, waited 15 minutes till they opened, got a trim then meandered back to house. Great way to kill two+ hours.
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I usually go wassailing.
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Old 08-14-2019, 04:33 AM   #8
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Looking out the kitchen window yesterday I noticed the neighbor ladies sunbathing. I threw on the dark sunglasses and meandered over. After blabbing some excuse to be there I spied my wife watching from our porch. I sauntered back home and meandered around the dog house most of the day.
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Looking out the kitchen window yesterday I noticed the neighbor ladies sunbathing. I threw on the dark sunglasses and meandered over. After blabbing some excuse to be there I spied my wife watching from our porch. I sauntered back home and meandered around the dog house most of the day.


Perfect.

Any side-stepping involved? Shuffling?

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Looking out the kitchen window yesterday I noticed the neighbor ladies sunbathing. I threw on the dark sunglasses and meandered over. After blabbing some excuse to be there I spied my wife watching from our porch. I sauntered back home and meandered around the dog house most of the day.
Sauntered around the dog house? Or IN the dog house?
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Used to saunter while hunting and saw lots of wildlife, then I got in shape and began to hike and didn't see as much - went back to sauntering.
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This past Spring I sauntered over 400 miles of Appalachian Trail before I fell and broke my knee. (Not bad for a 75 year old.). Next Spring if I heal I plan to saunter over the entire 2,192 miles.
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Be friendly and say hello to any amblers you saunter across.
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I’ve been reduced to crawling or crutches.........
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I’ve been reduced to crawling or crutches.........
Except when viewing neighbors back yard?
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This past Spring I sauntered over 400 miles of Appalachian Trail before I fell and broke my knee. (Not bad for a 75 year old.). Next Spring if I heal I plan to saunter over the entire 2,192 miles.

Did you meet a guy trail name "Holiday"? My old college roommate, finished up about July 8th.
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Did you meet a guy trail name "Holiday"? My old college roommate, finished up about July 8th.
Met a few dozen folks with lots of trail names. Cannot remember a Holiday.

Your friend must be a real jock if you departed Georgia in March with the bubble. Miserably cold to start sooner. The folks I hiked with just passed the 1,800 mile marker and shooting for a mid-sept summit.
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