Without the internet, we wouldn’t have this blog and we wouldn’t have email. It is truly fantastic. However, when it gets right down to it, there is something special about regular snail mail. There is something awesome about opening that mailbox that opening an email cannot possibly hope to replicate. People throw around words like visceral and tactile, sometimes without even checking a dictionary, but I think they apply.
Today, I checked my mailbox, not expecting anything; not even a wayward package from Amazon. I was greeted by a catalogue of walking tours for the big wide world. I am only faintly aware of having asked for this. I must have clicked a box when I requested a cycling tour catalogue. I probably didn’t even need a catalogue as all of this information is probably available on their website. I may not have wanted it deeply, but I am rather curious now that it has arrived.
Prior to last year, I always pictured a holiday as getting on a plane, maybe having booked some accommodations, maybe having done some research reading a Lonely Planet guide or two, and wandering around on my own. That I didn’t have anyone to do that with wasn’t a complete stumbling block, but it did get me thinking. Prior to last year, joining a tour of any kind didn’t seem like a good idea.
Last year was a bit of a watershed. I took two cycling tours and had fantastic times. So now I am thinking that a walking tour might be a good idea. My legs might have other ideas–certainly my blocked artery would complain. As for me, I am kind of curious.
A quick glance through the book indicates that walking days have various distances and degrees of difficulty. Based on a quick glance at the photographs, some uphill climbs are obviously part of this.
I haven’t had time to really get in-depth with all this, but at least my mind is churning. Like the new year, Now I’ve got some possibilities to consider. I’ve got research to do, and it is nice to have something to focus on
What’s rattling around in my head? In no particular order:
- Maybe I should join a hiking club in my area.
- Are there hiking clubs in my area?
- I would probably need new hiking boots…and maybe those ski pole like things.
- How many kilometres would be too many?
- Would I have to carry all my stuff or would there be van like on the cycling trips?
- Would people want to talk and walk or would it be a silent affair?
- Would I need to drink sports drinks or a big coffee thermos?
- Those pictures do indeed look awesome.
- How much gear would I need to buy?
- Are walkers competitive?
- Where should I go?
These are just some of the things I am thinking about. I didn’t even put the off topic stuff that is also rattling around in my head. (Trying to remember the speed of light for example)
Actually, the last question is the most important. Where would you recommend going walking/hiking? This is something I have never contemplated before. Any help would be amazing and appreciated.
I would also love to know if you have had any walking tour experience. There must be some long distance hikers out there.
You’re probably wondering where the Perfect Moment in this is. Having my eyes opened up to new possibilities, new inspirations, and new ideas is always Perfect.