My First Summer in the Sierra

My First Summer in the Sierra

Paperback - 2003
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John Muir, a young Scottish immigrant, had not yet become the famed conservationist when he first trekked into the foothills of the Sierra Nevada not long after the end of the Civil War. Having caught a glimpse of such magical places as Tuolumne Meadows and El Capitan, Muir ached to return, and in the summer of 1869 he signed on with a crew of shepherds and drove a flock of 2,500 sheep toward the headwaters of the Merced River.The diary he kept while tending sheep forms the heart of MY FIRST SUMMER IN THE SIERRA; published in 1911, it enticed thousands of Americans to visit the Yosemite country. The book is full of the concerns Muir would later voice as America's foremost preservationist and wildlands advocate, which would bear fruit in the creation of several national parks and monuments. And it resounds with Muir's regard for the "divine, enduring, unwasteable wealth" of the natural world- with celebrations of the Sierra's lizards that "dart about on the hot rocks, swift as dragonflies," its mountain lions and tall trees and fierce thunderstorms and bears; with Muir's overarching awe for places that civilization had yet to tame.One of the enduring classics of environmental literature, MY FIRST SUMMER IN THE SIERRA continues to inspire readers to seek out such places for themselves and make them their own.
Publisher: New York : Modern Library, c2003.
ISBN: 9780812968651
0812968654
Characteristics: xxix, 353 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.

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buchanaa
Jul 23, 2020

This is sometimes available for free through Amazon: https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B004TS16CU (search other editions as well).

Given that it's in the public domain, it's a bit mystifying that there are only a limited number of ebook copies available from the library.

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gregdryke
Jul 22, 2019

https://www.reddit.com/r/Ultralight/comments/cd3xmm/books_that_capture_the_hiking_spirit/

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