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A Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf
A Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf John Muir 0871565919 9780871565914 This volume in the John Muir Library Series chronicles the famed naturalists walk shortly after the Civil War from Louisville, Kentucky, to Florida and is one of his best-loved books
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A Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf by John Muir

This volume in the John Muir Library Series chronicles the famed naturalists walk shortly after the Civil War from Louisville, Kentucky, to Florida and is one of his best-loved books. Originally published in 1916, it is largely comprised of diary entries Muir made during his memorable 1867 trek. This was a pivotal time in Muirs life, when an eye injury that caused temporary blindness forced him to leave his manufacturing job in Indiana and reevaluate the direction of his life. As his sight returned, Muir realized how much he regretted abandoning his true love, botany, and determined to make his now-celebrated thousand-mile floral pilgrimage. Lyrical chapters celebrate Kentuckys forests and caves, crossing the Cumberland Mountains, traversing the river country of Georgia, crossing Florida swamps and forest, and sojourning at Cedar Keys. These timeless observations of the natural world mingle with a vivid look at the post-Civil War South, encounters with colorful or desperate characters, and an archetypal portrait of a young man in search of himself. The book includes an account of Muirs journey from Florida by way of Cuba and Panama to San Francisco. The narrative reaches its conclusion with an account of his first walk to Yosemite and his stay in nearby Twenty Hill Hollow that signaled the start of his budding career as a young conservationist.

Author: John Muir

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 154

Publisher: Sierra Club Books

Publication Date: 1992-03-31

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