I am Evelyn Porter, a photographer with a profound connection to the natural world. After retiring from the University of Texas, I am following my bliss by developing programs to encourage children and families to saunter.
Sauntering reminds us the body is our instrument – feeling the rhythm of life, revealing a world where you can see yourself in a drop of rain. It is loving the earth.
“I don’t like either the word [hike] 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
Travelers, there is no path, paths are made by walking.
― Antonio Machado
Slow down and enjoy life. It’s not only the scenery you miss by going to fast – you also miss the sense of where you are going and why.
― Eddie Cantor