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We’re ruining Walden Pond just like we ruin everything beautiful in this world

How do we enjoy nature without destroying it?
walden pond at sunset

The view of Walden Pond that everyone is hoping for, and few get.

The drive to Walden Pond is more suburban than you expect. It’s still quaint, especially if you meander through central Concord, where the shops at least provide the illusion of a historical New England town. Your car takes you through some woods, interrupted by a high school, and then through more woods. And just as you feel you must be getting close—finally approaching the hallowed place where famous naturalist went to live in solitude—your drive is interrupted by a vast swarm of vehicles.

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