Easy Hiker Takes a New Direction
I am delighted to announce a new revolutionary direction for this website.
As of today, this Easy Hiker blog shall be known by its new name: Haiku Hiker. This change has partly been inspired by the obvious linguistic similarity between the word for someone who makes his way on foot, a “hiker”, and the delightful Japanese form of observational poetry, the “haiku”. For speakers of Japanese, indeed, they may be one and the same word.
Partly, however, this step was also motivated by the prospect of making things easier for the author, i.e. myself. Why squeeze out 800 words two or three times a week when I can say all that in a mere 17 syllables no matter how carefully chosen they may need to be?
The new direction will initially only affect new posts. Gradually, however, old posts will be replaced, too, starting with the entry on Lake Starnberg that will make way for this little gem.
Sparkling light. Water.
Blue shadows of distant mountains.
Whatever there is to say about the Rheinsteig can also be compressed and condensed into far fewer words. Brevity shall henceforth be the soul of this site.
Mighty river. He don’t plant Riesling.
Slope steeply rising.
Phew! I’m pooped!
Come to think of it, even the length of today’s – comparatively short – post may seem a trifle excessive. Let’s see if, in the new spirit of Less Is More, we can cut it to the bare bone.
April: cruellest month?
Silliest, more like.