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Thoreau Leave No Trace Trail Guide (Boy Scouts of America) Thoreau-Wabanaki Trail Map and Guide - Maine Woods Forever Thoreau-Wabanaki Trail Map and Guide: East Branch of the Penobscot River - Maine Woods Forever
Follow in Henry David Thoreau's footsteps around Concord! Established in 2017, this 10-mile trail was the result of cooperation between the Boy Scouts of America's Spirit of Adventure Council, Concord Scout House, The Thoreau Society, Thoreau Farm Birthplace, and the Town of Concord Division of Natural Resources. This fold-out guide with map follows the route to 25 sites of importance in Thoreau's life and work. Boy Scouts can earn a Thoreau Leave No Trace medal and patch by completing this hike in uniform and completing the required fees and questionnaire. Non-Scouts can certainly follow the trail, too. Follow the routes taken by Henry David Thoreau and his Wabanaki guides in 1846, 1853, and 1857. Cartography by Michael Hermann, with essays by Richard W. Judd and James Eric Francis, Sr. A must for anyone hiking or paddling in Maine.
The University of Maine Press, 2007. Map measures about 17 x 28 inches when unfolded.
The second map in the Thoreau-Wabanaki Trail Map and Guide series, this map of the East Branch of the Penobscot River details portages, rapids, campsites, and other information important to canoeists, and includes a historical overview of Thoreau's journey. Includes essays on the back of the full-color map. A must for paddlers on the Penobscot River.
The University of Maine Press, 2013. Map unfolds to about 17 x 23 inches.
Thoreau at Mackinac - Mackinac Arts Council Wildness Within Wildness Without: Exploring Maine's Thoreau-Wabanaki Trail - Bridget Besaw, Bill McKibben Canoeing Maine's Legendary Allagash: Thoreau, Romance, and Survival of the Wild - David K. Leff
In 1861, just months before his death, Henry David Thoreau journeyed west with his traveling companion, Horace Mann, Jr. In July they visited Mackinac Island, where they explored the natural wonders of Northern Michigan and studied the flora and fauna of the straits area. This book celebrates Thoreau's bicentennial and commemorates his visit to Mackinac. Contributors are John Barr, Kevin Barton, Rachel Cline, Chloe Herscher, Jeffrey Riordan Hinich, James P. Lenfestey, Kyle Miller, Pete Olson, Tammy Rose, Corinne H. Smith, Glen Young, and Henry Thoreau himself.
Mackinac Arts Council, 2017. Paperback, 135 pp.
Photographer Bridget Besaw provides us with a stunning first book. Its focus is the necessity of protecting and promoting the Maine North Woods, and the Thoreau-Wabanaki Trail, an interconnected series of paddling and hiking routes in northern Maine that were traveled in the 1850s by Henry David Thoreau and his Penobscot guides. The routes he and his guides followed are part of a much larger system of primeval waterways used by Native American peoples for thousands of years before Thoreau's journeys in the 1840s and 1850s and since.
Besaw Publishing, 2007. Paperback, 104 pp.
Meet Henry David Thoreau, U.S. Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas, and other intrepid explorers as you travel northern Maine's rugged woods and waters. In a wild country of ledge and trees that stubbornly resists encroaching civilization, find a young couple padding through the trials, triumphs, and sheer mental and physical exhaustion of wilderness travel severely testing their ability to get along and even complete the trip. Fill your ears with roaring rapids and yodeling loons. Smell pungent spruce and dank swamps. Encounter moose and majestic sunrises cloaked in morning mist. A few pages, and you will find yourself deep in the evergreen forest.
Homebound Publications, 2016. Paperback, 156 pp.
Rediscovering the Maine Woods: Thoreau's Legacy in an Unsettled Land - John J. Kucich, ed. Westward I Go Free: Tracing Thoreau's Last Journey - Corinne Hosfeld Smith Deep Travel: In Thoreau's Wake on the Concord and Merrimack - David K. Leff
A collection of 11 essays that offer new perspectives on conservation, the cultural ties that connect Native comunities to the land, and the profound influence the geography of the Maine Woods had on Henry David Thoreau and writers and activists who followed in his wake. Contents: "Rediscovering the Maine Woods" / John J. Kucich ; "Crossing Moosehead Lake" / Chris Sockalexis ; "Undercurrents" / Stan Tag ; "The Maine Woods Rhomboid" / Robert M. Thorson ; "'Some Star's Surface': Thoreau in the Maine Woods" / Laura Dassow Walls ; "Sublime Matter: Materiality and Language in Thoreau's 'Ktaadn'" / Melissa Sexton ; "Eating Moose: Thoreau, Regional Cuisine, and National Identity" / Kathryn Cornell Dolan ; "Pilgrimages and Working Forests: Envisioning the Commons in The Maine Woods" / James S. Finley ; "Multiple Use and Its Discontents: Popular Conservation Writing in the Maine Woods a Century after Thoreau" / Dale Potts ; "Thoreau's Maine Woods and the Problem of Wildness" / Richard W. Judd ; "Carrying Place: Penobscot Language, Land, and Memory" / James Francis. This book was reviewed in Thoreau Society Bulletin 308, Winter 2020, pp. 5-7. Traces Thoreau's 1861 "Journey West" with Horace Mann Jr. which took the duo from Massachusetts to Minnesota and back. The details of this last, longest, and least-known of Thoreau's excursions are detailed.
Green Frigate Books, 2012. Paperback, 6 x 9 inch format, 435 pp.
In the hot summer of 2004, the author floated away from the routine of daily life just as Henry David Thoreau and his brother had done in their own small boat in 1839. This first-person narrative uses his ecological way of looking, of going deep rather than far, to show that our outward journeys are inseparable from our inward ones. This book was reviewed in Thoreau Society Bulletin 271, Summer 2010, p. 12.
Iowa University Press, 2009. Hardcover, 264 pp.