An afternoon walk of the short loop with Angel.
I've tried to read Thoreau for years--with no success. I just couldn't make it through his text. I tried again recently, and now I can enjoy his style, humor, descriptive power. Specifically, I was reading Thoreau's essay "Walking" last night. This passage reminded me of something I wrote about once (and took a whole lot of grief for my views):
"At present, in this vicinity, the best part of the land is not private property; the landscape is not owned and the walker enjoys comparative freedom. But possibly the day will come when it will be partitioned off into so-called pleasure-grounds, in which a few will take a narrow and exclusive pleasure only---when fences shall be multiplied and man-traps and other engines invented to confine men to the public road, and walking over the surface of God's earth shall be construed to mean trespassing on some gentleman's grounds. To enjoy a thing exclusively is commonly to exclude yourself from the true enjoyment of it. Let us improve our opportunities, then, before the evil days come."
I'd say I'm in good company with Thoreau. I don't think Thoreau would approve of gated communities and "No Trespassing" signs. His view: "to enjoy a thing exclusively...is to exclude yourself from the true enjoyment of it"---is so correct!
Thoreau got it right: we are in the "evil days"!