|The location of Thoreau's cabin near Walden Pond.|
|The plaque showing the location of the chimney of the cabin.|
While sitting in coffee shops, microbreweries and funky restaurants is wonderful, albeit maybe not so wonderful on the budget, they can only satisfy me so much. It is really the nature that nurtures me and satisfies me in the long run. Our most favorite times and memories of our trip to New England will definitively be our hikes around Walden Pond and on Mount Dessert Island (Acadia National Park); our trip to the top of Mount Battie to look over the Penobscot Bay; and our walks around all those wonderful lighthouses looking over the water (that’s nature too). They will be staying with us much longer than that food we ate at that restaurant.
|Visit to the Allagash Brewery (my favorite) in Portland Maine)|
|We encountered a beaver dam in Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island (near Bar Harbor, Maine)|
|Looking down on Camden and the Penobscot Bay from Mount Battie|
|One of the many lighthouses we visited and had an opportunity to enjoy ocean views. We saw a lot of common eiders swimming in the waters below these lighthouses.|
The need for nature really struck me during our walks through downtown Boston. It is great to see how the famous "Big Dig" stuck a major highway under ground and turned the above ground part into a park. Moreover, it was great to walk on the Boston Commons, in the Boston Gardens and even along the Charles River. All little pieces of green, where people could enjoy a little nature. One bizarre thing struck me and I had to take a photograph of it (below). Not far from the Paul Revere house was a church that where the outbuildings were completely covered with a canvas depicting plants, branches and leaves. It reminded me of Richard Louv's in his book "The Nature Principle" in which he describes that research has shown that even pictures of nature in buildings and offices help in reducing stress. Personally, I know that being in nature is so important in bringing down my stress level and (I assume) bringing down my blood pressure. Nature can be the woods (green) or the water (blue). That's why I was so fascinated by what I saw on the church; hopefully it does the same in the area near the church. I found it such an interesting idea of using a bare wall. What a sight!
|The canvas nature mural on a church in downtown Boston|