Saturday, May 17, 2014

"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

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