“‘A century and a quarter ago, in Concord, Henry Thoreau expressed it this way: ‘I think I cannot preserve my health and spirits unless I spend four hours a day – and it is commonly more than that – sauntering through the woods and over the hills and fields, absolutely free from worldly engagements…’
I return with tautness gone, with delight in simple things heightened, with a sense of health and sanity and well-being. I feel more calm, more capable. I have been in contact with the enduring and the real. Cares have shrunk to proper proportions. For many of us a return to the out-of-doors is more than a pleasure; it is a basic need essential to physical, psychological, and emotional welfare.” – paraphrased from, A Walk Through The Year, by Edwin Way Teale.