Avid readers of Thoreau have long been aware of his saunterings and of their relative import in terms of his excursion pieces. Now for the first time, a Thoreau scholar takes on the question of Thoreau's walking experience. Why did Thoreau devote more time to walking than to any other activity? What influence did his walks have on his daily life? What does his sauntering experience reveal about Thoreau as a person and about his unique brand of Transcendentalism? This book probes every aspect of Thoreau' walks and answers those questions. This is a book about exploration, of nature and self, and is skillfully crafted to reveal Thoreau's personality and beliefs, and in so doing beckons the reader on a saunter through one's own mind and spirit.