Walking and talking are two very great pleasures, but it is a mistake to combine them. (C.S. Lewis, British Christian apologist)

We may not agree with Lewis’ thought, but hear him out. He continues, “Our own noise blots out the sounds and silences of the outdoor world.” Lewis writes often about his walks, and they are sometimes with close friends when, you can be sure, there was lively conversation. At other times, whether with friends or alone, he marveled at what he could learn from God’s creation.

Then Jesus said, “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile” (Mark 6:31). I would fly far away to the quiet of the wilderness. (Psalm 55:7)