As summer temperatures in the Boston area reach unbearable heights, we all look for ways to cool off and get away.
A short drive from Boston is Walden Pond, a quintessential New England spot that has been revered for its peace and tranquility for more than 100 years.
The pond was formed by retreating glaciers some 10,000-20,000 years ago. It is the deepest natural body of freshwater in Massachusetts, allowing for the water temperature to remain cool even on sweltering days. The pond is surrounded by a 1.7 mile path. The entire Walden Pond Reservation encompasses 335 acres, providing many fun trails for walking and running.
One can canoe or kayak on the water, take a swim, or simply enjoy the beach, which is staffed with a lifeguard from sunup to sundown. Birdwatchers may notice kingfishers, blackbirds, chickadees, blue herons, and red-tailed hawks.\
If one is lucky enough to visit when there aren’t too many others, it is easy to see why the American writer Henry David Thoreau chose Walden Pond as the place to contemplate and write about living simply and deliberately.
“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practice resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms, and, if it proved to be mean, why then to get the whole and genuine meanness of it, and publish its meanness to the world; or if it were sublime, to know it by experience, and be able to give a true account of it in my next excursion.” - Henry David Thoreau, Walden