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The point of any trip is partly the distance traveled, partly the sights seen, and partly something else that almost doesn't have a name. That third thing is an ineffable amalgamation of memory and shared experience.
It's the person you met or the talk you had with your traveling companion. It's the change you feel inside, it's the unshakeable sense you have that you are not the same coming back in the door as you were when you walked out weeks ago. That, I think, is at least partly what author David Leff means when he talks about deep travel.
He talks about visiting a place to know it. To know it in its present moment and in its past and future. And to use a trip as a basis for Socratic dialogues with the people traveling with you. Today, Leff takes us with him down the Concord and Merrimack Rivers in the wake of Thoreau. And Erica Andrews, our guest announcer for one day, tell us what it's like to be a turkey farmer.
David Leff, author of Deep Travel: In Thoreau’s Wake on the Concord and Merrimack, will speak at Middletown’s Russell Library on Tuesday, November 10th at 7:00PM.