Wandering just happens sometimes. You take a walk while on vacation, and suddenly, you realize you’ve wandered off course. Some people fear it, some embrace it. The Wander Society gives it a full-on hug.
Who is the The Wander Society? Nobody really knows, but Keri Smith, author of Wreck This Journal, pulls you into the warm companionship of fellow wanders with her new book, The Wander Society. While looking through a used copy of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of GrassSmith finds some hand-written notes that lead her to discover a secret society of wanderers.
A Secret society of wanderers? Better yet, wanderers who share a love a literature? I hugged my copy of The Wander Society and looked for signs that I was being fooled. No, it’s not a work of fiction – at least according to Amazon. I tried the website she mentioned. It was real. I even tried a phone number listed in the book. It took me to a recording and I could select a secret mission in the phone menu. I did.And I followed the directions.
For this kind of experience, it is helpful that the wanderer continues wandering for an extended period of time alone in a natural setting, usually a minimum of one hour, but preferably longer than this.
Wandering is extremely powerful. Use this power wisely.
~Keri Smith, The Wander Society
There are many famous wanderers,including English romantic poet William Wordsworth, who “was known for his habit of walking, sometimes for up to five months at a time, with only one change of clothes and a pencil.” Or, English author Virginia Woolf who said she loved to walk in the countryside to spread out her mind, according to Smith.
So, where do you wander? Here are a few of my favorite spots.