Walden Pond was Thoreau's resort and inspiration. Only an hour away from Boston and MIT, Walden Pond is the perfect place for a Fall excursion to see the folliage change during what the French call the Indian Summer. A small group of us got together the Fall of 97, and escaped into the Pond's wilderness loaded with our cameras and rental mountain bikes. It is in Walden Pond that Thoreau requested that he be burried. For his funeral, Thoreau's family asked a friend of mine who is also a professor at MIT, to play Thoreau's favorite song in the flute, and the professor replied "But i am an amateur, you could find such better flute players for the tasks." To that the family replied: "But Thoreau was one too."