A Beautiful Word

by Nicole Trilivas

“Hiking – I don’t like either the word or the thing. People ought to saunter in the mountains – not hike! Do you know the origin of that word ‘saunter?’ It’s a beautiful word. Away back in the Middle Ages people used to go on pilgrimages to the Holy Land, and when people in the villages through which they passed asked where they were going, they would reply, “A la sainte terre,’ ‘To the Holy Land.’ And so they became known as sainte-terre-ers or saunterers. Now these mountains are our Holy Land, and we ought to saunter through them reverently, not ‘hike’ through them.”

– John Muir, Scottish-American naturalist, author, and early advocate of preservation of wilderness in the United States

Just got back from church, and decided to put up a quote for today, and this one just happened to be the first draft I clicked on, which is very fitting for a lovely Sunday morning, methinks. I feel most spiritual when I’m within nature. Whether it’s the sea or the mountains, the forest or the great planes, seeing greatness and being within that greatness is humbling. Hope you’re having a very lovely Sunday morning, wherever you may be.