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My First Summer in the Sierra by John Muir
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Oct 09, 2010

bookshelves: california, remainders, falsestarts
Recommended for: those who want to get back to nature without dealing with bugs and rednecks

John Muir was undoubtedly a great American, a man to whose unflagging advocacy for conservation we owe a huge debt of gratitude. That being said, I struggled to keep pace with him, Billy the Shepherd (submental, as all shepherds in California are), Carlo the St. Bernard, the Chinaman, the Digger Indian, the Don, and the goddamned sheep, and am leaving them at the divide between the Tuolumne and the Merced. I just can't take any more of Muir's waxing rhapsodic about trees, clouds, lilies, and squirrels; it's all blending together stultifyingly in my head.

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