Canals, Rivers and Lakes as Hiking Highlights
Water is our most important resource, the only one – apart from air – that we absolutely and unconditionally cannot do without.
We can survive for days, for weeks even without food, but if we do not drink, we die. No wonder that few idyllic landscape pictures, whether painted by grand masters or by four-year-olds, are, in that sense, dry.
The well-provisioned modern-day hiker, carrying at least two litres of fluids in his backpack, is in no existential need of spotting any water along his way, and even when running low would think twice before refilling his bottle with murky liquid from a questionable source such as a lake or a river.
Still, he has been sufficiently dispositioned by his evolutionary history to rejoice at the sight of canals, rivers and lakes – and to rate them as the highlights of any walk.
Here are some of the sights that evolutionary history has conditioned Mrs. Easy Hiker and myself to find beautiful.