Reading and Walking

When I was in college, a friend was reading "Fast Food Nation." I asked her why she was reading that particular book. She answered, "Because I can." She explained, "I learned to read so I can read."

I've been reading books about hiking the Appalachian Trail recently (also known as the AT). Some people are about walking the way my friend was about reading. They walk because they can and enjoy it. Some even end up walking the 2200 miles along the AT from Georgia to Maine. I've never walked that far but when I lived in San Diego, I used to hike in the desert and the Cuyamaca Mountains. Sometimes, I would just walk to the beach four miles away.

I always had a desire to thru hike the Appalachian trail. Work seems to get in the way. However, if an opportunity ever dropped in my lap, I'd like to be ready. Being inspired by my reading, I started walking the 2.7 miles from work to home. That's a start.

Photo by kelson (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-1.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

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