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Spanning nearly three decades of John Muir’s work and showing the great conservationist author at his best, this collection of two dozen magazine articles and letters focuses on his travels to the lakes, canyons, and mountains of the American West, including the Great Salt Lake, the San Gabriel Mountains, Mount Rainer, and the Grand Canyon
Paperback, 300 pages
Published March 22nd 1994 by Sierra Club Books (first published 1918)
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Dec 02, 2013 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a collection of miscellanea and some of it is robustly scientific surveys and some is narrative adventure, and some is a lively mix of both. Muir is an amazing polymath who can make prodigious lists of the flora, fauna and geology of wherever he is, but he also injects a sensuous quality to whatever he writing that really puts you in a snowstorm atop Mount Shasta or the frontier town of Salt Lake City. He can write about the waterways of Washington in a way that is almost erotic. The lon ...more
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Muir writes a poetic guide book to the West: California, Nevada, the Grand Canyon, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. He paints a picture of each region in stunning detail that gives you a picture of what these places looked like to him, exploring flora, fauna, geology, and history. His comments about he Mormons are just hilarious! Especially if you know them.
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Mar 23, 2009 Ed Keith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book got me into Muir. I've read every book he has written since. This is a book of short stories or recounts of some of Muir's travels. You can see the places he visited through his eyes as they were back then. An enjoyable read.
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Muir paints a vivid landscape with his descriptions. I am drawn to his wonderful musings such as, "Going to the mountains is going home."
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John Muir (1838 – 1914) was a Scottish-American naturalist, author, and early advocate of preservation of wilderness in the United States. His letters, essays, and books telling of his adventures in nature, especially in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California, have been read by millions. His activism helped to preserve the Yosemite Valley, Sequoia National Park and other wilderness areas. The S ...more
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“But we are governed more than we know, and most when we are wildest.” 5 likes
“As for the Mormons one meets, however their doctrines be regarded, they will be found as rich in human kindness as any people in all our broad land, while the dark memories that cloud their earlier history will vanish from the mind as completely as when we bathe in the fountain azure of the Sierra.” 1 likes
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