I strongly believe that walking is one of the best things we human people can do for ourselves. Yes, yes, we’re much too “car dependent” and “sedentary” and all of that. But also, and possibly more so, walking promotes thought. As I’ve stated before I hate being in my own head, but as I walk I’m looking at new things and noticing things I wouldn’t see if I were sitting at home…or driving as a better alternative.
This morning Corrie and I went into northern Idaho (which isn’t as sketchy as it sounds) and just did a little hike. Six miles or so. It wasn’t to anywhere specific, we just drove along a forest service road, parked, and started walking. We talk plenty on a daily basis but that was easily our best, most wholesome conversation in weeks. Who knows sparks that; Clean air, nature, ambulation, environmental silence…
All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking. — Nietzsche
Even in solitude, walking is so great. I’ll sometimes wake up in the morning, make a to-go coffee, grab my camera and just walk around. Sometimes I see nothing, but often times I’m inspired by something. An owl on a house, a business open sign accidentally left on overnight, an early 90’s model sedan with a fucked up quarter panel.