"The sum of the whole is this: walk and be happy, walk and be healthy. "The best of all ways to lengthen our days" is not, as Mr. Thomas Moore has it, "to steal a few hours from night, my love;" but, with leave be it spoken, to walk steadily and with a purpose. The wandering man knows of certain ancients, far gone in years, who have staved off infirmities and dissolution by earnest walking,--hale fellows close upon eighty and ninety, but brisk as boys."
- Charles Dickens
The Ways of Walking
"It’s all still there in heart and
soul. The walk, the hills, the sky, the solitary pain and pleasure–they
will grow larger, sweeter, lovelier in the days and years to come."
- Edward Abbey
When I am not scheduled to work at my part-time job
for a elementary school district, I get outdoors and start walking at the first light at daybreak - around 6:30 am at this time of year. I try to walk four miles.
In between each lap of my walking track (.6 miles round trip
[pictured below]) I practice Taijiquan forms [e.g., Sun Style Single
Whip Left pictured below]. The photographs were taken in the month of May when green dominates. In September, everything takes on a dull and dry brown cast.