As to a "stamping-ground," all parts of the country offer attractive pedestrian routes, though I should fancy that the plains and prairies might become monotonous to the walker. Among re-gions favorable for walking, I can, from experience, recommend the White and Green Mountains, Cat-skills, the Lehigh region, Hudson, Connecticut, Housatonic, Delaware, Potomac, and Shenandoah valleys, the New England coast from Cape Cod to Portland, Western New York and Niagara, and the regions about Montreal and Quebec. These districts are penetrated by railroads and the telegraph, so that in case of accident, sickness, or loss of funds, you could return or communicate with home at once.
The walker may pleasantly vary his route by returning over different roads from those upon which he set forth. Here is a sample route, taken from one of my summer tramps: Boston to Alton Bay, N. H., across Lake Winnepesaukee by steamer, Centre Harbor, Campton, Pemigewasset valley, the Pool, Basin, Flume, Franconia Notch, Profile, Echo Lake, Franconia, Bethlehem, Fabyan's, Mt. Deception, Mt. Washington, Crawford bridle path over the Presidential range to the Crawford House, White Mountain Notch, Bartlett, Glen Road and return, Iron Mountain, North Conway, Lake Ossipee, Portland, Salem, Lynn, and Boston. It is sometimes practicable to establish one's headquarters in the centre of an interesting region, striking out in various directions from that point. Thus, in the Catskills, the village of Hunter affords a convenient point of departure for Hunter Mountain, Stony Clove, Kaaterskill Clove, Plattekill Clove, South and North Mountains, Cairo, Windham, Lexington, and Grand Gorge.
The young traveller who has the entire summer before him, and a purse long enough to attempt such an undertaking safely, may adapt the following route to his liking by cutting from or adding to the list of interesting points, going over some portions of the country by rail, and perhaps accepting the numerous invitations to ride that farmers, travelling from town to town, extend to people they overtake upon the road. Starting up the Hudson River from New York visit Sunnyside, the home of Irving; Tarrytown and its quaint Dutch church; Sing Sing and the State prison there; the military school and old forts at West Point; Storm King, highest of the Hudson hills; Newburg and Washington's headquarters; Saugerties, from which point a detour can be made, embracing some of the finest portions of the Catskills, returning to the Hudson River at Catskill village; Albany and the Capitol; Troy; Saratoga and its famous springs; Glen's Falls; Fort William Henry; down Lake George by steamer; Ticonderoga and its historic ruins; down Lake Champlain by steamer, stopping at Port Henry or Essex for a brief run into the Adirondack region; Port Kent and Au Sable Chasm; Burlington; up the Winooski, ascending Camel's Hump and stopping at Montpelier; Wells River; Woodstock, N. H., from which point make a tour of the White Mountains, similar to that just outlined; Boston, or Connecticut valley, to New York.
There! Some of the grandest and most beautiful scenery in the world is yours to enjoy upon this trip. Or, if that programme is not sufficiently ambitious, you may omit the walk across Vermont, and extend your trip from Port Kent to Montreal and Quebec, descending into the White Mountain region of the North.
The interest of your walk will be much increased if you will glance through the history of the region you intend to explore; or, if you have a scientific turn, you might post yourself on the geology, mineralogy, or botany of the country.
BY CHARLES M. SKINNER.