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The Walking Days

It’s amazing how far people walked back in the old days.

Nowadays we express travel distances by miles or kilometers. In the old days — the walking days — people measured distance in terms of how long it would take to get somewhere on foot.

I was just reading an account of the first time some Coeur d’Alene Indians saw white people. A small group of Coeur d’Alenes were down visiting their Nez Perce neighbors when they encountered some of the Lewis and Clark expedition. The explorers were camped near the trail that leads over Lolo Pass, waiting for the snow to melt so they could wander over the Rocky Mountains, back to St. Louis.

The Coeur d’Alenes told them they were from the north and the lake central to their existence took 10 moons to walk around.

When I say it’s 60 miles to somewhere, I know it’ll take about an hour to drive there. Just as important in terms of miles, is the amount of fuel it will take and how much it will cost. This cost is linked to my ability to earn money. The amount of my earnings is a measure of the value of my personal vital energy.

In walking terms, the cause and effect between travel and human energy more directly linked. You will want to know how much human fuel is required to get from point A to B.

How many nights will you be camping under the moon and how much food will you have to pack to sustain the journey?

There were bands of Coeur d’Alene families living in villages that dotted the lake. So, a person walking from one end to the other would be fortunate to reach a hospitable camp before nightfall.

But even more than food, in the walking days, travel revolved around access to drinking water — which back in the days before the lake was polluted — was not an issue.

Today my travel revolves around access to gas stations and ATMs.

I bring this up because, in case you hadn’t noticed, the empire is collapsing. This will require a transformation in thinking back to basics. I think that’s why I like local history so much. It provides a prospective of how people got by in this place before the military/industrial complex sank its talons into every square inch.

 

 

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One comment on “The Walking Days

  1. Eddy Winko
    November 6, 2013

    Walking is a dirty word to so many people, even a short distance, and so many journeys are unnecessary; something you appreciate when you walk whenever you can.

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