Monday, 2 April 2012

The Walker's Companion: The Ramblers Association

Walking Words (p.57)

Now, to be properly enjoyed, a walking tour should be gone upon alone. If you go in company, or even in pairs, it is no longer a walking tour in anything but name; it is something else and more in the nature of a picnic. A walking tour should be gone upon alone because freedom is of the essence; because you should be able to stop and go on and follow this way or that, as the freak takes you; and because you must have your own pace and neither trot alongside a champion walker, nor mince in time with a girl.

(Walking Tours Robert Louis Stevenson)

My Thoughts:
I get what Louis is saying....I do love being out stomping on my own, the freedom and solitude is fantastic and sometimes makes me want to cry with the ecstasy of it.....however.....for a start, I am a 'girl' that walks..... I certainly don't mince!...and never will.
There is much freedom when walking on your own but it is also ideal for sharing time with someone unties the tongue, giving space for a reluctant sharer of their emotions to open up and unburden what troubles their inner world....a trouble shared and all that....Walking with company means you can share the joys and marvels you come across when out adventuring....making the experience even more real and wondrous.....and camaraderie is a great incentive that helps us reach places we may not have been able to get  to on our own.

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