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Henry David Thoreau had Walden. Where would you go?

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Henry David Thoreau had Walden. Where would you go?
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Walden (first published as Walden; or, Life in the Woods) by Henry David Thoreau is one of the best-known non-fiction books written by an American. Published in 1854, it details Thoreau's sojourn in a cabin near Walden Pond, amidst woodland owned by his friend and mentor Ralph Waldo Emerson, near Concord, Massachusetts

Thoreau begins by outlining his project: a two-year and two-month stay at a crude cabin in the woods near Walden Pond. He does this, he says, in order to illustrate the spiritual benefits of a simplified lifestyle. He easily supplies the four necessities of life (food, shelter, clothing, and fuel). He meticulously records his expenditures and earnings, demonstrating his understanding of "economy," as he builds his house and buys and grows food. For a home and freedom, he spends a mere $28.13.

When the time comes to leave, where will you go? Where is your "Walden"? I'm not looking for google map cooridnates here, just a general idea of a place in the woods you may have found that could serve as a retreat when things get bad. As for myelf? My Walden is a place I return to on a yearly basis called Elm Point. It's on a river in Norhtern Ontario, with a sandy point beach, a 50 foot spring fed waterfall behind it and is situated in a valley surrounded by thick forest. Only access is by canoe and about 7 portages. Lots of resources, good fishing and I can get there in a few hours from where I am.