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"Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt." - John Muir
"Who wouldn't want to bust out, to taste the air of the open range, to "swagger the nut-strewn roads," as Philip Larkin put it, to be out in the weather, to feel the lay of the land vital beneather your boots? Travel is dep in the blood." - Henry Shukman
"If we were meant to stay in one place, we'd have roots instead of feet." - Rachel Wolchin
"Once a year go some place you've never been before." - Dalai Lama
"Hiking is the answer. Who cares what the question is." - Pacific Crest Trail Association
"People don't take trips; trips take people." - John Steinbeck
"Those who don't believe in magic will never find it." - Roald Dahl
"The best way to avoid housework is to live outside." - Sandra Blacksmith
"Every time I'm in the woods, I feel like I'm in church." - Pete Seeger
“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page” – St. Augustine of Hippo
"When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe." - John Muir
"Improvement makes straight roads; but the crooked roads without improvement are roads of genius." - William Blake
"Keep close to Nature's heart...and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean." - John Muir
"A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving." - Lao Tzu
“Now I see the secret of the making of the best persons: It is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth.” - Walt Whitman
"The miracle is not to fly in the air, or to walk on the water, but to walk on the earth." - Chinese Proverb
"One touch of nature makes the whole world kin." - William Shakespeare
"Everyone must believe something. I believe I'll go canoeing." – Henry David Thoreau
"I have two doctors, my left leg and my right." - G.M. Trevelyan
"Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush." - Doug Larson
"Homesickness is a feeling that many know and suffer from; I on the other hand feel a pain less known, and its name sis "Outsickness." When the snow melts, the stork arrives, and the first steamships race off, then I feel the painful travel unrest." - Hans Christian Andersen
"There are only two ways to live your life. One is a though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle." - Albert Einstein
"In all natural things, there is something of the marvelous." - Aristotle
"The mountains are calling and I must go." - John Muir
"It's better to travel well, than to arrive." - Buddha
"In the woods too, a man casts off his years, as the snake his slough, and at what period soever of life, is always a child." - Ralph Waldon Emerson, NATURE
"When I see an adult on a bicycle, I do not despair for the future of the human race." - H.G.Wells
"Do not go where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
"If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay home." – James A. Michener
"Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind." - Seneca
"Not all who wander are lost." -J.R.R. Tolkien
"Until I learn a place with my feet, I never really feel like I know it." - Daisann McLane, National Geographic Traveler
"Nothing so liberalizes a man and expands the kindly instincts that nature put in him as travel and contact with many kinds of people." – Mark Twain
"To be out under the sky on our own two feet awakens something older, more content within us, a wild creature inside itching to break out, who knows where to go to heal all ills."
-Henry Shukman, New York TImes, January 6, 2008 article "To Walk a Landscape Is to Know It"
"Comes over me an absolute necessity to move. And what is more, to move in some particular direction. A double necessity then: to get on the move, and to know whither." - D.H. Lawrence's "Sea and Sardinia"
"Going to the woods is going home." – John Muir
"Nothing is in the intellect that was not first in the senses." – Aristotle
"Me thinks that the moment my legs begin to move, my thoughts begin to flow." – Henry David Thoreau
"The true charm of pedestrianism does not lie in the walking, or in the scenery, but in the talking. The walking is good to time the movement of the tongue by, and to keep the blood and the brain stirred up and active; the scenery and the woodsy smells are good to bear in upon a man an unconscious and unobtrusive charm and solace to eye and soul and sense; but the supreme pleasure comes from the talk." – Mark Twain
"Of course I have played outdoor games. I once played dominoes in an open air cafe in Paris." – Oscar Wilde
"Now shall I walk
Or shall I ride?
"Ride," Pleasure said:
"Walk," Joy replied." – W.H.Davies
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you did not do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bow lines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails.” – Mark Twain
Dust of Snow
The way a crow
Shook down on me
The dust of snow
From a hemlock tree
Has given my heart
A change of mood
And saved some part
Of a day I had rued.
-- Robert Frost
“One must be out-of-doors enough to get experience of wholesome reality, as a ballast to thought and sentiment. Health requires this relaxation, this aimless life.” – Henry David Thoreau
“If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.” – Katharine Hepburn
“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” – Carl Sagan
“Along with milk and vegetables kids need a steady diet of rocks and worms.”
“I’ve learned that everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.” – Anon.
“I wish to begin this summer well, to do something in it worthy of it and of me; to transcend my daily routine; to have my immortality now in the quality of my daily life!”
– Henry David Thoreau
“At dusk the three of us encountered an elderly lady and her beagle hiking toward us. Teetering along on a walking stick, she wore a motoring cap and held a bunch of wildflowers. I said hello and asked her where she was going. She replied in Welsh,
“Rydw i yna yn barod.”
We looked to Erica for a translation. “She said, ‘I’m already there.”
-“A Ramble in Wales,” from National Geographic Traveler
"Afoot and light-hearted I take to the open road, Healthy, free, the world before me, The long brown path before leading wherever I choose."
– Walt Whitman
"Life is either a daring adventure - or nothing."
– Helen Keller
“Those things are better which are perfected by nature than
those which are finished by art.”
“Walking is man’s best medicine.” – Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, 460-377 B.C.
“Have you reckon’d a thousand acres much? Have you recken’d the earth much? Have you practis’d so long to learn to read? Have you felt so proud to get at the meaning of poems? Stop this day and night with me and you shall possess the origin of all poems….”
– Walt Whitman, from “Song of Myself”
"The race goes not always to the swift …
but to those who keep on running."
"You'll always miss 100% of the shots you don't take."
"If you're not riding the wave of change .. you'll find yourself beneath it."
"A ship in the harbor is safe… but that's not what ships were made for."
"Your attitude almost always determines your altitude in life."