Roughin’ it or Just Like Home?

An incredibly influential yet controversial figure, Henry David Thoreau, was an American writer of strong beliefs. He wore many hats–as writer, historian, and even philosopher–but also spent time in jail for resisting government policies he did not believe in, like paying taxes.

Still, Walden stands as probably his best-known work, a celebration of writings about simple living out in nature … isn’t that something many of us try to do on our weekend camping trips and cabin escapes? Have you ever said, “I’m turning the phone off while on the fishing trip!”?

In the chapter “Where I Lived, and What I Lived For,” Thoreau answers what the chapter title asks:

“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.”

Some writers around Thoreau’s time grew distrustful of city life, and saw the outdoors as an escape or a way to get physically and mentally healthy through a connection with nature … to “live deep and suck out all the marrow of life.”

I know people who camp in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, West Virginia’s Appalachian range, or the Poconos in Pennsylvania … some sit around, watch TV and listen to the rain while others have zero electricity or running water!

So when you hit the woods for that “escape,” whether long vacation or weekend getaway, do you “rough it” or is it just like home?


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3 Responses to “Roughin’ it or Just Like Home?”

  1. Darian Hill

    Love to “Rough It”!!! I’ve been all over the State of Minnesota camping, cabins and boating. Including the amazing bountiful state parks ( Temperance and Cascade Rivers being my favorites). The boundary waters is the pinnacle place to get away to rough it! Serene beauty of “God’s Country”, the smell of pine trees and nature at its very best. Although I do enjoy the lazy weekends at home, I’m always dreaming of getting away to the woods, a cabin or lake! so Get out there and Rough it!!!

  2. Jim Perovich Sr.

    Connecting with nature, as much as we, is always a good thing.