Hiking the Yard


I used to regard hiking as the only way to get to the wildness that Henry David Thoreau wrote about. A hike needed to be of epic proportions—an endurance challenge that covered broad swaths of landscape and left a solid set of blisters on your heels by the time you finished. I don’t think that way any longer. The distance you travel, the creatures you see, and the quality of the experiences you exchange depend on something other than how far your feet carry you. Today’s hike was the 1/8th-mile trail around the edge of my lawn. 

It has become a…


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