I admit it. I came to the woods, to Concord, heck to Massachusetts, on a geeky whim to see the houses of some of my literary favorites. My soul desire was to see the woods and the pond where Thoreau trekked out the days between ant colony observations. So, almost like Thoreau, I parked my car in downtown Concord and walked to Walden Pond to see the house replica and statue. I would love to give it five stars, but the fact that it's situated next to a busy parking lot, not far from the overflowing garbage cans, killed this visit for me. The cabin and statue feel like an afterthought to the carloads of tourists coming for the beach on the lake. I almost wish they would put it next to the house site, but I imagine it's easier to keep an eye out on both cabin and statue where it is. Between screaming kids and yelling parents, you won't get a moment not reverance here... go to the cabin site for some of that (but only some). And so I went to the woods, deliberately, but left not for the reason I came, yet even more deliberately!
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