“A French author has advanced this seeming paradox;
Very few men know how to take a walk,
and indeed, it is true.
Few know how to take a walk with a prospect of any other pleasure than the same company would have afforded them at home.” – Samuel Johnson April 1750
This written in a time of no cars. I thought that people of 1750 would have walked more than we of 2014.
Actually though, Johnson is not saying that people of his time didn’t walk, but that they didn’t know how to take in the sights along the way.
Walking with a dog, even when listening to a podcast, it is impossible to avoid the sights and, let me not forget, the smells.