About

Welcome to the Gentle Art of Wandering.

Thank you for visiting the Gentle Art of Wandering website. The website serves several functions:

  • Blog Posts on Wandering, Hiking, Exploring, Public Stairways, the Camino de Santiago, Road Trips, and Walking in general are found on the Home page.
  • Updates and Information on the 3rd Edition of 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Albuquerque is found on the 60 Hikes page. The Albuquerque book is part of a series of 60 Hike books nationwide that are published by Menasha Ridge Press. The 60 Hike book is available at local bookstores, online, and directly from me (David Ryan, the co-author of the 3rd Edition).
  • Albuquerque Jane’s Walks information is found on the Jane’s Walks page. Jane’s Walks are held worldwide in early May to celebrate urban walking and neighborhoods.
  • Books published by New Mountain Books can be purchased on the Get the Books page or on the sidebars that are on most of the pages of this website.

As for the Gentle Art of Wandering, it is both a book and a website. The idea behind both is that the outdoors is for everyone. And if you approach the outdoors with a mindset of presence and connectedness, you will learn that you will discover something amazing and wonderful no matter where you are. You will further learn that these discoveries will lead you on a series of adventures that will keep you engaged for as long as you are able to move around.

The inspiration for both the book and website is that I have enjoyed the outdoors so much that I wanted to share with you what is available to anyone in decent health. A further inspiration is that so many articles in outdoor magazines seem to emphasize the extreme. Even the National Geographic got into the act with their May 2011 cover story about “a new generation of superclimbers” pushing the limits at Yosemite. I hope to show another way.

I have no problem with extreme activities or articles about them. My issue is that with their emphasis on extraordinary achievement, they may be ignoring the discovery and learning aspect of being outdoors. My other concern is that ordinary people, who otherwise might have a great time in the outdoors, are getting the impression that the outdoors is the exclusive realm of extreme athletes and not for them. This would be unfortunate as there is room for everyone outdoors.

The book, The Gentle Art of Wandering, uses real life examples to describe the principles of wandering while the website should be used as a source for supplemental and additional information on wandering. The book illustrates the basic principles of wandering within the context of looking for archaeological sites in the New Mexico backcountry. The book then applies those same principles, and describes new ones, to wander in other environments: urban areas, suburban areas, industrial areas, long distance hiking trails, and more.

The website includes information that was originally intended to be part of the book along with additional examples to show the various aspects of wandering. Over time the website will accumulate a series of wandering examples and adventures. Because the website is more topic oriented rather than current news oriented, I encourage you to look at the Categories on the Home Page to select the postings you want to read.

Please visit often as new Posts and information are added on regular basis.

Thank you – David Ryan