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The Thoreau Experiment

Tampa Bay Times writer Ben Montgomery was intrigued by the 150th anniversary of Henry David Thoreau's essay in Atlantic magazine called "Walking." He decided to emulate Thoreau's rambles in a modern-day environment. We're documenting his progress here. See the original essay at the link below.

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  2. No wealth can buy the requisite leisure, freedom, and independence which are the capital in this profession. It comes only by the grace of God. It requires a direct dispensation from Heaven to become a walker. You must be born into the family of the Walkers. Ambulator nascitur, non fit. -- From the essay "Walking"
  3. Please share your walking tales and photos with us. Tag photos with #ThoreauExperiment on Instagram or Twitter, or share them on Facebook! Be a part of this journey.

  4. Day One
  5. The idea was simple: Walk. Give up the car and walk. Seven days -- a solid week (in Florida, in July) of walking anywhere and everywhere to see what happens in this big old place we call home.
  6. Do you walk, ramble or otherwise ambulate at random? Here's a letter from a friend in Mississippi who wanders the banks of a river with his beloved dog. When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone describing what you saw along your wondering?
  7. A wonderful letter I received from my cousin Eric. He is describing his morning rambles with his dog. #thoreauwalk
    A wonderful letter I received from my cousin Eric. He is describing his morning rambles with his dog. #thoreauwalk
  8. Day Two
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