In Thoreau’s essay ‘Walking’ (1862), the emotionality of walking is similarly bound up in notions of escape and freedom. Thoreau says:
Familial and societal detachment is a necessity to walk like Thoreau. He is a purist, an extremist, a walker enraptured by the romanticism of an imagined wilderness. This urge to flee, characteristic of explorers, hikers, backpackers, and artists alike, echoes throughout literary history. Thoreau’s wilderness, his imagined destination, is not necessarily an actual place just beyond the horizon, but is rather a poetic, spiritual, or metaphorical terrain lying somewhere illusive nearby, and also within.