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