I walk or hike most weeks with my two dear friends, Rob and Michael, wherever the spirit takes us. Lately, due to my sore ankle, we’ve walked back roads. Recently we encountered a fine little book, I Left my Sole in Vermont, by Nicole Grubman, that has helped us discover a number of other fabulous, local road walks.
While romanticizing old rural Vermont is often tempting, I also always find it ill-advised. However, it offers a clear glimpse back into a period of time that is at once both not far away and still very much 19th century. I often feel there are lessons we can learn that may guide us into the future—lessons of providing for our needs more locally and living more simply.
And, as I said yesterday, I find the landscapes stunningly beautiful. As Michael said, “Walking is the perfect speed to see Vermont!”