The White Silence

It’s summer, it’s hot, liking and living the heat, but sometimes thinking cold thoughts… This excerpt from The White Silence by Jack London is indeed what walking in snowshoes can be like, especially if the snow is fluffy and you sink deeper than hoped: Happy is the man who can…

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The Trail Not Taken

Robert Frost, The Road Not Taken Mountain Interval. 1920. The [Trail] Not Taken TWO [trails] diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth; Then…

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Pedestrianism

“…in the 1870s and 1880s there was another sports craze sweeping the nation: competitive walking. “Watching people walk was America’s favorite spectator sport,” Matthew Algeo says in his new book, Pedestrianism.” “Champagne was considered a stimulant. And a lot of trainers — these guys had trainers — advised their pedestrians…

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The Old Ways: A Journey On Foot

Author Robert Macfarlane reads from his latest book, The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot. Folding together natural history, cartography, geology, archaeology and literature, Macfarlane explores the chalk downs of England, the bird-islands of the Scottish northwest, the disputed territories of Palestine, the sacred landscapes of Spain, and the Himalayas.…

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Trails on Mars

  One of my favorite sections of Blue Mars is Section Ten, Werteswandel, where Nirgal is trail running. Trail building and layout on Mars is also described. The selections below are only part of the trail narrative (pp.453-57):     …it continues: …read the book for the rest 😉

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