by Stephen Fox 1981
Perhaps the most legendary woodsman in American history, John Muir (1838 – 1914) was a Scottish-born naturalist, an eccentric nature lover who would set out for the wilderness for days on end with only tea, oatmeal, and bread in his pack, and sing entranced from the tops of waterfalls. A spellbinding conversationalist whose acquaintances included Emerson and Theodore Roosevelt, he won the hearts of the eastern establishment intellectuals with his writings from the Sierra. More than anyone else, John Muir was responsible for the USA’s national park system and the American conservation movement is very much his legacy.
John Muir wrote over a dozen books often filled with sensitive, heart felt descriptions of being in the wilderness. Some quotes display the quality of his writings
Reading the books of John Muir inspired my own love of the High Sierras. Fishing for California Golden Trout amongst the high alpine peaks of the Sierra Nevada Ranges was nirvana indeed.
Wonderful quotes from John Muir. The photo was interesting of John Muir with Theodore Roosevelt. I’ve read Roosevelt’s biography – he fronted up to powerful corporates and under Muir’s influence created many national parks and significantly he was a keen outdoor sportsman, fishing and particularly hunting. We could do with some MPs in the Theodore Roosevelt mould.