A recent work trip afforded me the opportunity to take a trip to Walden Pond in Concord, MA.
Like many, I recall reading Walden by Thoreau in high school. Its message of self-reflection, self-reliance, and social experience resonated with me. I always considered Emerson’s writings to contain the high-minded ideals of Transcendentalism and Thoreau’s their practical application.
Somewhat ironically, Thoreau’s place of solitude and reflection has now been turned into a recreation center with trails and lifeguards. Even so, it still retains its beauty.
Surrounding the pond are trails. One of which leads to the cite of Thoreau’s old cabin:
Next to the cite is a sign that greets hikers with a quote from Thoreau’s book:
At the visitors’ center, there is am authentic replica of Thoreau’s cabin:
Ironically, Thoreau’s place of escape has been encroached upon by a set of very operational railroad tracks:
With Walden Pond being flanked by railroad tracks on one side and a recreation center on the other, I can’t help but wonder what Thoreau would think of what has become to his place of peaceful solitude…or what he would think of people posting about it on the internet…