Sunday, May 23, 2010
Henry David Thoreau, the author who has a permanent place in the American psyche, walked up the Outer Cape and wrote about the experience in 1865. “In the Footsteps of Thoreau: 25 Historic & Nature Walks on Cape Cod” is a book we have here, available for guests. It never fails to interest anyone who wants to explore the Outer Cape … While walking Newcomb Hollow last week, Sven and I ran into three men, teachers they said, from off Cape. They had spent the night in a motel and were heading to North Truro where friends would be setting up a tent later in the afternoon. The distance from Newcomb Hollow to Ballston is considerable, and they still had quite a ways to go in order to reach their camping site. Whenever I see modern-day adventurers, slightly stooped because of heavy backpacks, walking resolutely up the beach, it reminds me of the great naturalist and his visit to Wellfleet. Want to bet these young men had a copy of “In the Footsteps of Thoreau” in their backpacks?
In the Footsteps of Thoreau ....
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