Sauntering

I don’t hike.

Hiking - I don’t like either the word or the thing. People ought to saunter in the mountains - not hike! Do you know the origin of that word ‘saunter?’ It’s a beautiful word. Away back in the Middle Ages people used to go on pilgrimages to the Holy Land, and when people in the villages through which they passed asked where they were going, they would reply, “A la sainte terre,’ ‘To the Holy Land.’ And so they became known as sainte-terre-ers or saunterers. Now these mountains are our Holy Land, and we ought to saunter through them reverently, not ‘hike’ through them.

John Muir

I am not sure about the etymology but I cannot argue with the sentiment.

Anyways, I decided this site would make a fine place to record my outdoor explorations.

Cougar Mountain

Cougar Mountain

Last weekend I wandered the trails of Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park

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Mount Si

Mount Si

I sauntered up the main trail of Mount Si this weekend.

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Island Center Forest

Island Center Forest

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Fauntleroy Park

Fauntleroy Park

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