With the arrival of summer comes a need to get outside and do things. We all get the urge to get out of houses and go back into the world. The summer months bring on vacations from school and work and even just nice warm weekends, in which we all look for things to do. With the current state of our economy it also becomes important that we find things to do that are within our budget. I offer you one place that anyone can visit young or old and have a great afternoon: Walden Pond. Walden Pond is full of history and also beauty. It is a great place for younger kids and adult alike to learn about Thoreau and experience the natural world. What makes it even more appealing is it will only cost you five dollars for parking and then the park is yours to enjoy.
The hike around the pond is beautiful and at many points you can look out at the pond and just get lost in thought. There are a few different trails that go around the pond and from each pond one can get to Thoreau’s original cabin site.
I started out following the Esker trail which led me past some railroad tracks, which are part of the commuter line going into Boston. As long as there isn’t a train flying by the tracks are a cool place to look at and take a break, just make sure to pay attention to any trains coming your way. If you go across the tracks there is a different area of woods, which is not part of Walden, but is fun to walk through. I did not walk very far into them as it was getting later in the day and I wasn’t sure exactly where it would leave me, but they seemed like a nice place to hike. Then back in the trail around Walden you walk down some stairs, kind of, and end up walking on Pond Path which takes you to Thoreau’s cabin, which is one of the main reasons to come to Walden, at least in my opinion. Make sure to throw a rock in the pile; it is interesting to see how many rocks are there and the care some people put into designing a cool thing to leave behind. Then as you continue on your way there are many different trails that will take you to an exit and offer different environments to see. It is a wonderful day trip and if given the time you could spend hours exploring the different ways around the pond.
I love visiting Walden pond because it offers me an idea that one could live in the woods, which I always in a way wanted to be able to do. I have always been tempted to see if I could do it; if I could survive. The wilderness also for me represents solitude where society can no longer influence you and it is just you and the natural world, which I always desire it to be. I am not saying I could do it because I, as much as everyone else, have grown up in the world centered around technology, but I like to think about a world without all of it and just living to survive. A world where what your job is doesn’t matter, and money has no value. My mind is at peace when I am walking through the woods and observing nature. I suggest everyone visit Walden Pond and especially if you happen to be majoring in English or just enjoy literature and a little bit of history, but even if you do not fall into those categories get out there in the world and explore it; let your mind wander while immersing yourself in the natural world, even if it is just for a few hours.