Hubby, Dad, my nephew and I made a pilgrimage last week, to Concord, Mass. to find Henry David Thoreau.
Having read “Walden Pond” my father, (who was an English Literature teacher), wanted to visit the area where Thoreau had lived for two years. My motivation was to reaffirm the the belief that we all can live with much less.
The cabin has long gone. and now stone pillars mark the location of the original cabin.
This journey touched my dad’s heart. It had always been his desire to visit this area.
This is the view that Henry David woke to every morning while living on Walden pond.
This was Thoreau’s motivation. The pile of rocks behind the sign are brought by tourists, and laid at the site. It is my understanding that Thoreau’s friends started this tradition many years ago when they visited his cabin.
Another view of the site....
The highlight of the trip for all of us was watching as dad dipped his feet in Walden Pond.
This is the layout of the cabin, as suggested in Henry David’s notes. The cabin measured 10 x15’. Could you live here?
And THIS is the cabin as described by Thoreau and his friends. Could I live here? I think I could...as long as i could bring along some handiwork, or paints...and a good book.
We are blessed to have seven grandchildren! Life has never been so busy! I continue to work as a nurse, but my home time is most important. I paint and craft, and enjoy life in our tiny 800 sq foot home. The challenge to downsize continues... Live simple and small is my mantra!