Morning On Main Street

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The market town of Sedburgh, Cumbria, England, is widely-known as “The Official Book Town of England“—and if you’re up and out early, it’s also a quaint place to fetch the morning paper and snacks.

Ever wonder where you’d end up if you took your dog for a walk and never once pulled back on the leash? — Robert Brault

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Waiting For…

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…The Bus
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…8:00 a.m.
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…Breakfast
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…A Best Friend
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…The Afternoon Ferry
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…Absolutely Nothing

Patience is not simply the ability to wait – it’s how we behave while we’re waiting. —Joyce Meyer

Spring In England

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In late April and early May, it is indeed easy to be green in England. There’s so much to see—curious lambs, bluebells blooming, sparkling rivers, fence stiles, country pubs, deep woods, wonderful fell views, The Lakes, ancient stone buildings, all of it seemingly divided by countless dry stone walls.

The photo gallery below barely touches on the possibilities. These were taken along the Dales Way, a fine 81-mile path from Ilkley to Bowness, on Lake Windermere. For the best information on walking in Great Britian, I recommend The Walking Englishman.

Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises. —Pedro Calderon de la Barca

Love & Reverence

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Thoreau advised us to “Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence,” and for me that is an uncomplicated choice—I’d be following a footpath in England, in May, crossing a field of bluebells hand-in-hand with my wife.

We’ve hiked there twice so far, strolling and (often) dawdling on both the Dales Way and the Cumbria Way. They are, of course, narrow and crooked in places, but there’s a blunt ruggedness, too, and emotions ranging from exuberance to remote loneliness. And they are wonderful places to find yourself.

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What will you discover around the next corner?

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The Long Views

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On the road to Dante’s View, in Death Valley NP

I stopped writing a list of New Year’s resolutions because I don’t like to waste paper. But if I did…visiting a new horizon every year, in very old and divergent places, would rank near the top.

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Part of the Cumbria Way, in the English Lake District
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A slick road on the Navajo reservation, near Shiprock, New Mexico
The health of the eye seems to demand a horizon. We are never tired, so long as we can see far enough. —Ralph Waldo Emerson

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One Love

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I always want to hear your voice, to touch your face
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Only once in your life, I truly believe, you find
someone who can completely turn your world around. —Bob Marley

Bringing In The Hay (With A Little Help)

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A young man and his Supervisor were raking hay on the afternoon that my wife and I passed, during a walk in the lovely English countryside near Grassington.

Old English

Ornate. Is there a better adjective to describe Europe’s historic architecture? Here is a small gallery taken during my visits to England.