In June 1862 — 150 years ago last month — Atlantic Monthly published one of Thoreau's most famous essays, "Walking," in which he preached the virtues of communing with Nature on foot. His goal was sauntering, a word derived from the wanderers who roamed in the Middle Ages, living off charity under the pretense of going a la sainte terre, to the Holy Land.
Has anyone here been to the site of Thoreau's cabin? There's a constant roar from the three-lane divided highway a few hundred feet further, and it's a stone's throw from a massive landfill dumped in a pond that was originally like Walden.
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