Sarah Milstein, Boing Boing's chief loop closer, has a piece in the New York Times about "urban hiking" -- a way to get exercise and socialize at the same time.
Plan your route, and – this is going to sound crazy – assume you’ll go a mile or maybe two an hour. With a group, you’ll move a lot more slowly than you expect. We usually aim for about five miles (www.gmap-pedometer.com is good for figuring out distances) and include about six points of interest and two takeout food stops. To allow for lots of conversation, keep your highlights farther apart than the typical walking tour and mostly brief. (If your group includes strollers and dogs, don’t forget to plan a route that will work for them.)Link
Mark Frauenfelder is the founder of Boing Boing and the editor-in-chief of MAKE and Cool Tools. Twitter: @frauenfelder. Come and hear Mark speak at the ALA conference in Chicago on July 1.