When I first read Thoreau’s Walden Pond, I was fascinated by the railway track. I spent those classes wondering about it.
And when I took the opportunity to visit Walden, I checked this out. The railway runs beside the lake and Thoreau sited his cabin very close to both the lake and the railway track. It had always struck me as odd that on such a mission as this, Thoreau deliberately built his cabin near the track. Then he took the trouble to mention it in his account.
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.