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Walden Pond: “That’s not a pond and I’m not walking around it!”

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I returned home from my 2009 trip to the Frederick Douglass Papers at IU by way of Boston. As you would. Actually, I met John in Boston and we took a short break there. I took advantage of the opportunity to visit Concord and Walden Pond; as you would.

When I first read Walden Pond,the detail of the setting impressed me and I just wanted to see it. So, I dragged an oblivious John to, around and beyond Concord to Walden Pond.

When John saw the pond he said, very simply “That is not a pond, and I am not walking around it!!!”

 It is indeed a very large pond, yet it is none the less for that. I walked around it and loved every minute.

Photos fail to do justice to that pond or its setting.

There is a replica of Thoreau’s cabin at the entrance to the park; further on, the actual site of the cabin is marked out with accompanying notices. I visited and spent time at some of the spots associated with Henry David Thoreau.

It was a wonderful day.

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