How I Go To the Woods

Ordinarily, I go to the woods alone, with not a single friend, for they are all smilers and talkers and therefore unsuitable. I don’t really want to be witnessed talking to the catbirds or hugging the old black oak tree. I have my way of praying, as you no doubt have yours. Besides, when I am…

Davis Bayou Walk

It was a gorgeous day on the Mississippi Coast this past Sunday, January 12, 2014 so my husband and I took advantage of the mild weather and visited the Davis Bayou area of Gulf Islands National Seashore. There are only a few trails– all easy– so we hit all of them.  We started our leisurely hike…

A Parable of Sauntering

Excerpted from The Mountain Trail and Its Message (1911), BY ALBERT W. PALMER There is a fourth lesson of the trail. It is one which John Muir taught me [during an early Sierra Club outing]. There are always some people in the mountains who are known as “hikers.” They rush over the trail at high speed and take…