30 Tramps, Saunters, Hikes, Strolls, Jaunts and Rambles
Over the summer, I reflected on my recent walks in downtown Louisville. It reminded me how little of my walking occurs in nature. In the mid-1800s, barely a mile from Concord, Henry David Thoreau might trek off from Walden Pond for ten or twenty miles of sauntering in the deep, wild woods. Today, in the early 2000s, most of us live in urban areas. We can find nature but we must seek it out. We must go to it.
From July 19th to September 30th, I took 30 walks in nature. What counts as nature? For me, to keep it simple, I meant green. I walked in forests, farms, parks, random slivers of green, and graveyards.
Why 30? Because taking 30 walks in nature took forethought, effort and some care. I did not repeat any location. I coveted this opportunity to expand my horizons. I have lived in Louisville more than half my life and yet I felt that I knew it in only a shallow way. To enlarge my own knowledge of my city, it seemed fitting to walk in verdant nature, symbolizing growth. To gain knowledge of the world and runes, Odin, the one-eyed all-father, did not travel to the towns of humanity or to Asgard, the dwelling of his fellow gods. No, for nine days he hung himself on Yggdrasil, the tree of life.
You’ll note a new section of my website: Walking Journal. I recorded my notes, reflections, thoughts, wonderings, ponderings, musings, questions, doubt, despairs and loves about each walk here – and I will do so for my walks going forward.
Below is the list of walks. You can click right to the walk that calls out to you and meander over time.
In coming weeks, I will share some broader reflections and other notes from these 30 Walks in Nature. I hope you enjoy reading them at least a fraction as much as I enjoyed the walking and writing.
Take a Beautiful Walk in Nature Today!
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