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About halfway through this one, I was going to chalk it up as a disappointment--the writing was far more dry and uninspiring, at least compared to My First Summer in the Sierra. But I connected with the chapters on Washington and Oregon as he described precise locations my wife and I encountered on our honeymoon. And the sublime chapter on the Grand Canyon saved it. I've been reading Muir in advance of some secluded camping we're going to be doing in a few days in the Nicolet National Forest--ca ...more
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
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.
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.
John Muir (/mjʊər/; April 21, 1838 – December 24, 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 a ...moreMore about John Muir...