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Modern Day Walden
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Many of us with a nomad heart talk about Thoreau and his influence and inspiration on our life style(or in my case, future lifestyle). But who are our modern day Thoreau's? What current authors are writing what will be the Waldens of future generations? Tell us what you have read and what you recommend for others. Give basic info but don't give away so much that folks won't want to read for themselves!

I'll start.

William Least Heat-Moon's "Blue Highways"

Least Heat-Moon went through a difficult time with a divorce and loss of his job. He outfitted a van with sleeping and cooking facilities and set out on a journey to travel America restricting himself to the blue highways as shown on his Rand McNally atlas. These highways kept him traveling through much of rural America. Published in 1982.

I originally bought this book as a gift for my dad who was a truck driver. I thought he might enjoy reading it as he traveled. My nomad heart(Romani ancestry) comes from his side of the family. But he had been "assimilated" and couldn't accept alternative living styles. (Driving a truck was the socially acceptable way for my dad to soothe his nomad dreams. He just didn't realize it). So I took the book back from him and for the first time realized my possibilities.

Here's more info:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Highways
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Thanks for that, I'll look in my local Library for that title
I used to write, some, but somehow everything i wrote sidetracked off into areas I didn't want to write about, and I quit after trash-canning numerous stories that went off the plot too far for me to recover
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If you really like it (it's also available as an audiobook if you want to listen to it while you drive); there are a couple other books associated with it you may also enjoy. The first is the author revisiting the drive 20 years later, the second is how the author came to write the book(s) in the first place:

BLUE HIGHWAYS Revisited
https://www.amazon.com/BLUE-HIGHWAYS-Rev...+revisited

Writing BLUE HIGHWAYS: The Story of How a Book Happened
https://www.amazon.com/Writing-BLUE-HIGH...e+highways
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Of course include Desert Solitare by Edward Abbey. A great read by someone who was truly "one with the outdoors."
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We need a sticky on this Big Grin
I actually prefer my books in book form
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And of course the 1957 novel...................On The Road by Jack Kerouac
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Desert Solitaire is a great read. also Thousand Mile Summer by Colin Fletcher. highdesertranger
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I'll go with The Martian: A Novel by Andy Weir ...even if you saw the movie adaptation, do yourself a favor and read the book.

It probably sounds like an odd fit for this thread, but the book's overriding themes are 1) coping with solitude, 2) acceptance of adversity, 3) self-reliance, and 4) the power of positive outlook and good humor.

There's a reason that an unknown author's FIRST book (self published) went from a viral word-of-mouth best seller, to a major motion picture...more than worth checking it out   Smile

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#9
This is a very good question. I would say that the modern Waldens are those that step back from society for a life of self sufficiency.
I say Dick Proenneke fits this description. I loved the book Alone In The Wilderness. He was a god with tools, and while he got stuff delivered to him by his pilot friend, he was extremely self-sufficient. His story is incredible.
“Who has not felt the urge to throw a loaf of bread and a pound of tea in an old sack and jump over the back fence." -John Muir
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(02-17-2017, 06:57 PM)waldenbound Wrote: I say Dick Proenneke fits this description. I loved the book Alone In The Wilderness. He was a god with tools, and while he got stuff delivered to him by his pilot friend, he was extremely self-sufficient. His story is incredible.

He filmed much of his cabin construction that was turned into a short documentary. I first saw it on PBS years ago.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYJKd0rkKss

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