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  1. Web address to the softypapa Facebook page where nearly all of the blurbs in this book did first appear:

  2. Web address to the “Anxiety Hike” blog post featuring photos and a map of the area:
    And here is the address to the Anxiety Hike video on YouTube:

  3. De Kehoe, Joe – The Silence and the Sun – Trails End Publishing

  4. “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” Author Thoreau, Henry David. Walden, chapter 2.

  5. Henry David Thoreau also had a railroad, and railroad workers to reflect on during his time in the woods. He uses their example and industry in providing commentary on our curious self-domestication. From the first chapter of Walden:
    “We do not ride on the railroad; it rides upon us. Did you ever think what those sleepers are that underlie the railroad? Each one is a man, an Irishman, or a Yankee man. The rails are laid on them, and they are covered with sand, and the cars run smoothly over them. They are sound sleepers, I assure you. And every few years a new lot is laid down and run over; so that, if some have the pleasure of riding on a rail, others have the misfortune to be ridden upon. And when they run over a man that is walking in his sleep, a supernumerary sleeper in the wrong position, and wake him up, they suddenly stop the cars, and make a hue and cry about it, as if this were an exception. I am glad to know that it takes a gang of men for every five miles to keep the sleepers down and level in their beds as it is, for this is a sign that they may sometime get up again.”

  6. There’s a surprise waiting in one of those dykes. It’s been waiting there since 1932. Searching the web for a miner named “Louis W. Osborne” will give you a clue. When you arrive, look at the rocks. Look CLOSELY at the rocks.

  7. The entries within this section did originally include photographic illustrations. These can be seen at the following URL:

  8. This passage is reminiscent of lines from Walden where Henry David Thoreau describes his neighbors moving along the highway of life with their various and excess goods, merchandise and possessions weighing them down from more worthy pursuits:“How many a poor immortal soul have I met well-nigh crushed and smothered under its load, creeping down the road of life, pushing before it a barn seventy-five feet by forty, its Augean stables never cleansed, and one hundred acres of land, tillage, mowing, pasture, and wood-lot. The portionless, who struggle with no such unnecessary inherited encumbrances, find it labor enough to subdue and cultivate a few cubic feet of flesh."

  9. Web address to the YouTube playlist “The Good Life”

  10. This passage is my homage to Diogenes of Sinope, the Greek cynic who lived in a barrel, preferred the company of dogs and who made a virtue of poverty.



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