As I reflect on our class trip to walden pond all I can draw is positive thoughts and feelings. It truly was a great experience and privilege to be able to witness what Thoreau witnessed a very long time ago. The peace that Walden Pond holds is unmatched by any other place I have been. Seeing what the simple life that Thoreau lived was remarkable. Just a man in a small wood hut with a bed, a furnace, and a small desk with which is used to write on, does it get more simple than that?
Thoreau is quoted many times throughout "Walden" talking about the necessities of man and what the differences are between wants and needs. “Most of the luxuries, and many of the so-called comforts of life, are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind." Thoreau not only talked the talk when making these statements, he also walked the walk. It is one thing to make a strong statement and another to back it up. Thoreau backed up his stern quotes by living a life of only necessities. Thoreau had shelter, clothing, and a perfect place where he could live off the land by using Walden Pond for fishing and as a source of water. Thoreau was truly living a life of simplicity, a life that no one in his time could relate to.
One of my favorite things of visiting Walden Pond this morning was by far getting a chance to swim in Walden Pond. Learning and seeing the way Thoreau lived was great in itself, but I mean who doesn't like to take a dip in freezing cold water on a cold autumn morning with their pals.
In conclusion, getting to go to Walden Pond was a great experience. Thank you to Fitz and Mr. Farley for giving us this great opportunity.