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When walking becomes the destination itself

To the uninitiated, walking is just putting one foot in front of the other. When the destination is the goal, walking is indeed a slow approach and sometimes considered a waste of time. Walking can also be interpreted purely as a form of exercise without the walker having any other expectation.

But “going for a walk” evokes something quite different from “walking.” In “going for a walk” neither destination nor effort need be the prime motivators. Instead, when “going for a walk,” whether it be in the city or country, one takes a voyage into the self that lets the…

An amble through various kinds of very long walks

What is the point of a very long walk? It doesn’t generally count as exercise, or maybe it could but that’s usually not what it’s really about. A long meandering walk is almost the opposite of the way most of us work out—those carefully timed-out accumulations of moves meant to be as efficient as possible. Walking isn’t efficient. It’s slow, and unflashy, and either stolidly utilitarian or annoyingly whimsical. (A walk has also become, in pandemic-times, all there is to do — both great and not-great for Long Walks’ PR.) What, actually, is the point?

A few years ago I…

Sylvia’s favorite mode of transportation is her own two feet. She claims it’s the most dependable way she’s found to traverse San Francisco. Coming from one as peripatetic as Sylvia, this assertion should be reliable. I prefer MUNI for the most part, as I feel even with public transportation’s many drawbacks, it still beats negotiating the many obstacles and challenges of perambulating about the city’s sidewalks. The sweaty clothes, the weather, the dog droppings that may chance to begrime a shoe bottom, and of course the steep hills—especially for one such as I who lives on the top of a…

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