Thoreau and Cronon both appreciate the wild and could have been great friends. They both have criticized mankind and how we commercialize nature. While Cronon talked about mankind commercializing the wild, Thoreau blames life on getting in the way of the ability to be able to walk in nature for hours at a time.
Thoreau has a very unrealistic expectation of the human population. Thoreau believes that mankind should be out walking for hours at a time, just moseying through fields and trails. However, that is basically impossible. The only way that could be plausible is if people did not sleep at all or there were more hours in a day. Life gets in the way of taking time to enjoy nature sadly. Cronon believes that Thoreau is lonely but I disagree in a way. I think it is very relaxing to walk alone and it seems that Thoreau agrees, enjoying the company of himself.
There have been a few times where I have been able to walk outside for about an hour but never have I been able to walk outside for more than three. Life just gets in the way and I have to go back to being indoors. There is always work that needs to be done. Thoreau states that he doesn’t understand how women stay in the house all day to clean and cook, but I doubt he would have offered to help his wife if he had one. Cronon and Thoreau were very similar to me, wanting us to be in touch with nature but not ruining it by capitalizing on it and taking control of the wild.