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Get out there and hike!

Postby balzaccom » Mon May 02, 2016 9:39 pm

Here are some of our favorite quotes about travel--which apply to hiking as well:

“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” from Ibn Battuta, the remarkable Arab who toured the known world 1200 years ago.

“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” – Anonymous

“The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready.” – A great line that explains why large groups always travel slower, by Henry David Thoreau, who supposedly was roughing at Walden Pond. But his sister brought him fresh baked cookies every day...

“Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.” – Seneca

“Not all those who wander are lost.” – J.R.R. Tolkien. And we've wandered many times, on our trips.

“It is not down in any map; true places never are.” – Herman Melville--which is just the excuse you need to get off-trail and explore a little bit.

And an all-time favorite from Mark Twain: “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”

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Re: Get out there and hike!

Postby oldranger » Tue May 03, 2016 7:53 am

The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready.

Ask markskor about traveling with me! :nod:


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Re: Get out there and hike!

Postby markskor » Tue May 03, 2016 8:35 am

True enough.
Actually, (as have well-learned Mike's surly habits), should read...
Those who travel alone, arise when they want,
Hike with the OldRanger, can sleep in 45 minutes extra...
and still be ready long before.

Have you ever watched someone start to pack up - pause - wait - (watch their brain re-set?) - and then start all over again? ](*,) Repeatedly?
Its like watching an old Keystone Kop movie. Good thing he can fish.
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Re: Get out there and hike!

Postby AlmostThere » Tue May 03, 2016 8:55 am

Every newbie backpack ever:
"We're starting to hike at 7 am, so we can be sure we get to the lake by 3."

And they're still packing at 9....
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You're always somewhere at 3:00...

Postby BSquared » Tue May 03, 2016 9:54 am

Hey, if you travel in the Sierra Nevada you're extremely likely to get to some lake before 3:00, regardless of when you start, right? You just have to be flexible. :cool:
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Re: Get out there and hike!

Postby rlown » Thu May 05, 2016 10:43 am

balzaccom, You left out any Donner party quotes. :(
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