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Field Trip Friday — Picnic on Walden Pond

If we’re facebook friends, you’ve already seen a picture or two of our picnic on Walden Pond and maybe caught a little of the excitement I felt at seeing it in person. Seriously, people. WALDEN POND. I’m still giddy!

On our way to the pond we made a couple of quick stops for me to take pictures. We didn’t have time to tour all the author’s homes, but at least we can say we’ve seen them in person! First was Orchard House, home of Louisa May Alcott. I was most sad not to tour this house. I need to start a new list of things to see and do when we go back!

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Within walking distance of the Alcott home is The Wayside, family home of Nathaniel Hawthorne. I’m guessing from the sign that the Alcotts owned the home before the Hawthornes.

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It was closed due to major renovations in progress.

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People were getting antsy and hungry back at the car, so we took off for lunch. Walden Pond wasn’t too hard to find. ;) There was another replica of Thoreau’s cabin about a mile from the pond. We stopped there after parking and getting out our picnic supplies.

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We were able to go in this replica and look around. There was even a reproduction of the writing desk we saw back at the museum.

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Some people couldn’t resist having a little fun with Thoreau’s statue. Wanna drink of water, Mr. Thoreau?

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Would you mind holding the lunch bag, Mr. Thoreau?

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Mom and Dad maybe went over the top a bit. Ahem.

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OK. OK. On to the pond.

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And the picnic.

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For some reason, that’s the only picture I got of the actual picnic. I guess I was too hungry to take pictures? Everyone is looking at a scary spider, by the way.

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And Kenny found an inch worm on his shoestring. I love the new camera! The old camera never would have been able to focus this close.

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Abe got a great Mom and Dad shot with Walden Pond in the background.

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We let the kids run around a bit after lunch.

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They wanted to stick their toes in the water, but Mom and Dad were feeling the need to get back on the road — preferably without sandy children since we had about a four hour trip home. I couldn’t resist getting one final shot of the pond right by the water.

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Great memories! One more Massachusetts post left. I’ll post about our stop at the North Bridge next Friday.

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