Walking is one of those pleasures that divide people. Like coffee, or big breakfasts, or waking early -- you get it, or you don't. If you don't get it, no persuasive words -- it's good for you, good for the environment, good for your relationship with the natural world -- will change your mind.

And even if you do love walking, it's an easy habit to lose, given the pace of our lives. We're too busy getting everywhere to walk anywhere. We know only destinations, not journeys.

The solution may be to treat walking as a surreptitious indulgence, a nip from a metaphysical flask, an illicit dalliance with nature, a bibelot shoplifted from your own overstocked life.

Go on. It's officially spring, and regardless of any lingering chill, each day is a little longer than the one before. Take those extra minutes of light and venture down a path you've never tried. On page 8m Sun staffers share 10 of their nearby favorites with you. Wear comfortable shoes.

And when you return, refuse to tell anyone where you've been, or what you've seen.

Pub Date: 03/21/99

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