Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Learning to Walk
Walking is the the best way to see things. Some say it is the best way to think and that it helps problem solving. It may also be the best cure for depression.
Side note: you’ll see a pattern in how I acquired many of these books. Reveals something about how I spend time on weekends.
The first three are by by Peter Jenkins
1. A Walk Across America (1979). Walk from Alfred, New York to New Orleans. Jenkins comes within twenty-five miles of my Virginia town. Bought used at Warrenton Library.
2. The Walk West: A Walk Across America 2 (1981), co-author Barbara Jenkins. Jenkins marries and walks from New Orleans to Florence, Oregon. Bought used at Warrenton Library.
3. Along the Edge of America (1995). Key West to Brownsville, TX. Bought used at Warrenton Library.
4. A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail, Bill Bryson (1999). A humorous way to walk America’s great eastern trail. Bought at Warrenton Library.
5. The Appalachian Trial, Ann and Myron Sutton (1967). The sensible way to walk America’s great eastern trail. Compare and contrast. Bought used Warrenton Library.
6. Washington Schlepped Here: Walking in the Nation's Capital, Christopher Buckley (2003). Crown published a series of books on walking American and foreign landscapes. I bought this one to compare my impressions with Christopher Buckley’s. I meant to buy more but never got around to it. Bought new.
7. Where the Waters Divide: A Walk Along America’s Continental Divide, Karen Berger and Daniel Smith (1993). The western counterpart to the AT walk above. State Department used book sale.
8. The Lost Art of Walking: The History, Science, Philosophy and Literature of Pedestrianism, Geoff Nicholson (2008). Walking and the unusual. Bought used Warrenton Library.
9. On Foot: Guided Walks in England, France and the United States, Adam Nicolson (1990). A beautiful walking guide with glossy pages, artful black and white photos and maps. Bought used Warrenton Library.