I often enjoy walking in an urban setting, and hiking in the back country. Thoreau `s essay on walking, initially appealed to my similar interest in the subject.
I ended up not particularly enjoying his writing or his outlooks. To start off with, he claims to spend at least four hours a day hiking in the wilderness. Well who can relate to that sort of schedule? His opinions also reflect a man, that has nothing to do with the practical world. In fact, he views the working world as some sort of evil practice, that should be avoided. Well that would be just wonderful, if everyone could spend all their days walking through the woods.
Perhaps my timing was a little off. I read this, in the middle of all the Christmas holiday stress. I found most of Thoreau`s insights to be rather annoying. A re-read at some point in the future, may yield better results.