Sunday, May 16, 2010
MA History 101: Walden Pond
Saturday was a gloriously warm spring day, so Ty and I ventured north to Concord, MA. Figured two years too long for his first history lesson. Our first stop was Walden Pond. As both of us are interested in literature, this seemed an appropriate jumping off point in his introduction to MA History 101.
Walden Pond is now a series of contained walks through the woods to alleviate erosion, pollution and progress's footprint on this fragile ecosystem.
The replica of his lodging was quite spartan, a one-room 6x8 abode with a bed, desk and fireplace. It's no wonder he communed with nature! The pond is considered a 'kettle hole' in that there are no fresh water feeders to it and no outlets from it. In the summer, it is a popular swimming destination for the local people in the area.
We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake, not by mechanical aid, but by an infinite expectation of the dawn. ~ Henry David Thoreau