The list author says: "Henry David Thoreau spent two years, two months and two days living in a house he built himself, near Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts. He did not gain fame in his lifetime, and he never expected to set an example to Americans and to the world. But ever since the publication of WALDEN, people have been inspired to go off and live deliberately in the woods. And some of them have written about their experiences."
"Harlan and Anna Hubbard spent years riding up and down the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. When it came time to put down roots on land, they chose Payne Hollow in Kentucky, overlooking their companion, the Ohio River."
"Dartmouth prof Noel Perrin built a Walden-sized cabin on his Vermont property so that he could process maple sugar in it. He describes the building of it, comparing his expenses to Thoreau's, and then sets about outfitting his small sugaring operation."
"Casually known as "the Minnesota Walden." Sue Leaf and her family live beside Pioneer Lake, northeast of the Twin Cities. Her seasonal essays aim for a balance between love of Nature, concern about the environment, and commitment to the Lutheran Church. It's an interesting approach."
"O'Kane was an entomology prof at the Univ. of N.H. Though he doesn't say where this woodland cabin was, I can tell you through my research that it was in Wonalancet, N.H. By using a non-specific approach, O'Kane makes his writing all the more compelling to nature-lover readers. It's a joy to return to that (in some ways) simpler time and way of looking at Nature."
"Lou outlines how he and his brother Paul built a cabin in a remote part of Maine. Here's hoping that the act itself, as well as its result, do the trick in healing their personal problems. On the printed page, they seem to."