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Wandering Walden Pond: A Thoreau-ly worthwhile day trip

Posted August 8

— Henry David Thoreau went to the woods to get away from it all. Now, two centuries after his birth, half a million curious visitors every year are following in his footsteps.

The Walden Pond State Reservation in Concord, Massachusetts, says people are coming in droves to Walden Pond — the little lake that Thoreau immortalized. The author's 1854 classic, "Walden," was his attempt to grasp the true meaning of life by living simply and coexisting peacefully with nature.

Walden Pond itself is hugely popular with fishermen, boaters, swimmers and birdwatchers, and it offers a stunning backdrop to autumn foliage.

Thoreau, who was born in 1817, spent two years alone in a tiny cabin on the shores of the pond. A replica of the cabin is among the can't-miss attractions.

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