The Maine Woods (Penguin Nature Library)

By Henry David Thoreau

"What a desolate tract stroll for a guy to take alone!...Here was once touring of the outdated heroic type over the unaltered face of nature." -Henry David Thoreau

Over a interval of 3 years, Thoreau made 3 journeys to the principally unexplored woods of Maine. He climbed mountains, paddled a canoe via moonlight, and dined on cedar beer, hemlock tea and moose lips. Taking notes continually, Thoreau used to be simply as more likely to flip his observant eye to the behavior and languages of the Abnaki Indians or the onerous lifetime of the logger as he was once to the workings of nature. He acutely saw the rivers, lakes, mountains, wolves, moose, and stars at the hours of darkness sky. He additionally instructed of nights sitting via the campfire, and of assembly males who communicated with one another via writing at the trunks of timber. In The Maine Woods, Thoreau captured a wilder aspect of the US and published his personal adventurous spirit.

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Politics are all of the rage with them now. I even idea row of wigwams, with a dance of powwows, and a prisoner tortured on the stake, will be extra decent than this. We landed in Milford, and rode alongside at the east part of the Penobscot, having a kind of consistent view of the river, and the Indian islands in it, for they keep the entire islands as a ways up as Nicketow, on the mouth of the East department. they're commonly well-timbered, and are stated to be larger soil than the neighboring shorelines. The river appeared shallow and rocky, and interrupted by means of rapids, rippling and glowing within the sunlight. We paused a second to work out a fish-hawk dive for a fish down instantly as an arrow, from a superb top, yet he overlooked his prey this time. It used to be the Houlton highway on which we have been now touring, over which a few troops have been marched as soon as in the direction of Mars’ Hill, although to not Mars’ box, because it proved. it's the major, nearly the single, street in those elements, as directly and good made, and stored in pretty much as good fix as virtually any you can find at any place. all over the place we observed symptoms of the nice freshet, — this condo status awry, and that the place it used to be no longer based, yet the place it used to be chanced on, at any cost, the next day to come; and that different with a waterlogged glance, as though it have been nonetheless airing and drying its basement, and logs with everybody’s marks upon them, and occasionally the marks in their having served as bridges, strewn alongside the line. We crossed the Sunkhaze, a summery Indian identify, the Olemmon, Passadumkeag, and different streams, which make a better exhibit at the map than they now did at the street. At Passadumkeag we stumbled on something yet what the identify implies, — earnest politicians, to wit, — white ones, I suggest, — at the alert to grasp how the election used to be more likely to move; males who talked speedily, with subdued voice, and a type of factitious earnestness you couldn't support believing, rarely looking ahead to an advent, one on either side of your buggy, endeavoring to assert a lot in little, for they see you carry the whip impatiently, yet continually asserting little in a lot. Caucuses they've got had, it sort of feels, and caucuses they're to have back, — victory and defeat. anyone will be elected, an individual would possibly not. One guy, a complete stranger, who stood by way of our carriage within the nightfall, really apprehensive the pony along with his asseverations, starting to be extra solemnly optimistic as there has been much less in him to be confident approximately. So Passadumkeag didn't glance at the map. At sunset, leaving the river highway awhile for shortness, we glided by approach of Enfield, the place we stopped for the evening. This, like many of the localities bearing names in this street, used to be a spot to call which, in the course of the unnamed and unincorporated desert, used to be to make a contrast and not using a distinction, it looked as if it would me. the following, even though, i spotted rather an orchard of fit and well-grown apple-trees, in a bearing kingdom, it being the oldest settler’s condo during this quarter, yet all ordinary fruit and relatively valueless for wish of a grafter. And so it really is in most cases, reduce down the river.

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