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“You can’t observe a lot just by watching.” - Yogi Berra
Normally, Yogi Berra is noted for his malapropisms rather than his words of wisdom.
But his quote above is actually quite perceptive and appropriate.
This past weekend, I drove thousands of miles to ride a couple epic Texas trails. I can tell you very little about what I saw on those thousands of miles of driving. But in slightly less than 100 trail miles, I can tell you a volume of great sights.
Trinity Trail in Fort Worth, Texas
So to tie this back into the Yogi Berra quote, when you drive, you spend a lot of time watching. But when you are on a bike trail or hiking trail, you are constantly observing; you are immersed in your environment and you actually see and appreciate your surroundings.
Obviously, that is one of the reasons I love trails so much. They allow people to become a part of their surroundings and to be keenly aware of the rhythm and peculiarities of nature.
If you haven't seen America by trail, you haven't really seen America.