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Learning to Love the Simple Life


American teacher, writer, poet, historian, philosopher and Land Surveyor, Henry David Thoreau, (1817-1862) once said “I went to the woods to be alone…” Testing the ideas of simplicity and self-sufficiency he lived for two years in a small cabin—just 10 feet by 15 feet on the shores of Walden Pond—on land owned by his friend Ralph Waldo Emerson. Thoreau wanted to discover what he could live with and without.

While he will always be known and loved for his writings, Thoreau found that what he couldn’t live without was what literally provided his bread and butter—his career as a Land Surveyor. The Concord, MA library houses a collection of well over 150 land surveys completed by this American literary icon.  Which, once again, leads me to believe that Surveying is a wonderful, flexible career. Read more about Land Surveying career information on our resources page here:

Also in Caching Now this month: Our contributing editor, Patty Winter, has put together some terrific gift ideas for hard-to-buy-for geocachers in our first-ever Geocaching Gift Guide. You’ll find it on our Geotech page. You can also read the fascinating story of how the first benchmark was set at the summit of Mount McKinley—on our Benchmark Hunting page. There’s more abundance in this issue, but like any good treasure hunt, I’ll leave you to find it on your own.




Originally published November, 2009

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