I’m looking for an anecdote. It might (I realize as I am writing, far from my library) be from Bill Bryson’s ‘A Walk in the Woods’.
The author tells the story of someone famous in a literary way, who goes for a walk to the top of some small mountain in (maybe) Italy, just for the hell of it. He gets to the top, and opens his copy of some other famous ancient literary type, like Virgil or Dante, and reads a passage about people wasting their time on pointless pursuits, then he skulks back down. This is cited as the first recreational hike.
Ring a bell with anyone?