As far as opening lines go, it was not so memorable as "Call me Ishmael", nor as momentous as "Watson, come here! I want you!" Still, four years ago today, this blog began with an unassuming message - "Tim. This is your first post" - and from that innocuous seed Walking the Berkshires took root.
Four years is getting rather long in the tooth for a blog, yet there is still a spring in the step even if posts are now less than daily, and still more to say and share after 1052 posts and 1982 comments on topics as esoteric as meditations on the meanderings of fireflies to my brief career as a teenaged Civil War reenacter.
As with our favorite beverages, we like our brows raised here at Walking the Berkshires rather than simply "high" or "low", which is why a Greatest Hits compilation for this blog would have to include both the series of history posts that received a 2008 Cliopatria Award, and the one about 19th-century facial hair styles entitled: "A Kiss Without a Beard is Like an Egg Without Salt. More of my nature writing finds its way into the local newspaper nowadays, but as long as you are game for the twists and turns this journey seems fated to take, I'm pleased and touched to have you along for the ride.