“There’s all sorts of walking –
from heading out across the desert in a straight line
to a sinuous weaving through undergrowth.
ridges and talus slopes is a specialty in itself.
It is an irregular dancing – always shifting – step of walk on slabs and scree.
The breath and eye are always following this uneven rhythm.
It is never paced or clocklike, but flexing –
little jumps – sidesteps –
going for the well-seen place to put a foot on a rock, hit flat, move on –
zigzagging along and all deliberate.
The alert eye looking ahead, picking footholds to come, while never missing the step of the moment.
The body-mind is so at one with this rough world
that it makes these moves effortlessly once it has had a bit of practice.
The mountain keeps up with the mountain.
Quote by: Gary Snyder “Blue Mountains Constantly Walking”
Quoted in: Rebecca Solnit’s “Wanderlust” http://www.goodreads.com/work/quotes/1419449-wanderlust-a-history-of-walking
Picture source: http://www.123rf.com/photo_1498523_trekkers-walking-along-a-mountain-path-mont-blanc-valley-west-alps-italy.html