Henry David Thoreau sequestered himself in a cabin on Walden Pond outside Concord Massachusetts in 1845. "I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately," he wrote of his two years there, "to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach…." In 2018 Bernice Ende (pictured at top) wrote about her decade and nearly 30,000 miles alone on horseback riding across America. "By taking these precarious steps closer to nature -- to the weather, the land, the water, the animals, and the feeling that I am a part of it all -- I have found contentment and happiness, and it is here I belong."
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