by Doctor Science
Yesterday I happened to walk a mile almost first thing in the morning, and it felt so good I want to make a habit of it again. Since the family is doing a read-aloud of The Lord of the Rings (we just finished "A Knife in the Dark"), my thoughts naturally went to the Eowyn Challenge. What the heck, I said, I'll walk to Rivendell!.
It turns out that my part of NJ has added a *lot* of public open space and trails in the last 10 years. Today I did a bit over 2 miles, of a trail I haven't walked before. Very lovely, open fields and wood edges, with a view up the valley that includes almost no houses or roads -- which is a notable achievement in central NJ. Next time, though, I'm wearing my hiking boots: the trail is really just a little path, and it's kind of uneven for my uneven ankles.
The boots, btw, are unlined Gore-Tex hiking boots that are my personal instance of the Sam Vimes Boots Theory of Economic Injustice. I got them for $99 about 25 years ago -- the equivalent of over $200 in today's money, and the most in constant dollars that I've ever spent on footwear. I could only afford them because my grandmother gave me the money as a gift. And you know what? My feet are still dry.
I haven't been able to find just the right landscape picture to go with this post, so I shall quit wasting time looking for one and give you a good ol' Constable. Now I can get back to wasting time on today's xkcd.