John Muir My First Summer in the Sierra

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"My First Summer in the Sierra," a classic written by John Muir, relates his experiences as part of a crew of shepherds enlisted to drive a flock of 2500 sheep to Yosemite National Park at the headwaters of the Merced River. Muir's account, which covered an experience that took place in 1869 but wasn't published until 1911, inspired many to visit the Yosemite region and also became a classic of environmentalist literature. Easier to read than Henry David Thoreau's "Walden," "My First Summer in the Sierra" offers a humble, gentle, yet optimistic criticism of the path much of society takes. In the words of Muir, "it is easier to feel than to realize, or in any way explain, Yosemite grandeur." As a naturalist, Muir focused on the Sierra: the trees, flowers, brush, insects, lizards, bears, dear, dogs, humans, and on the rocks, mountains, and waterfalls. The only mad rushes in "My First Summer in the Sierra" are those of the sheep in and out of streams. Fascinated by the beauty of nature, Muir had little use for sheep, shepherds, or even the money shepherding brought. Comfortable on the mountains and under the stars, John Muir felt truly blessed by his experiences in the Sierra wilderness and Yosemite. Because he knew how much money he needed to live well, Muir considered himself wealthier than Edward H. Harriman, the railroad magnate, who Muir enlisted to help create the national parks. Today, there is still much we can learn from John Muir and "My First Summer in the Sierra."

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John Muir, a young Scottish immigrant, had not yet become the famed conservationist whom he liked to call "John o' the Mountains" 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 woolly critters 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 nearly pantheistic regard for 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. Though perhaps a little purple by modern standards, Muir's book continues to inspire readers to seek out such places for themselves and make them their own--and as such it stands among the enduring classics of environmental literature. --Gregory McNamee

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Adorned with new covers by artist Lisel Jane Ashlock, these two classic texts show off famed naturalist John Muir's writing at its finest. My First Summer in the Sierra presents Muir's journal entries from his first long-term adventure in Yosemite and the surrounding area, when he helped drive a flock of sheep through the foothills toward the headwaters of the Merced and Tuolumne rivers. The Mountains of California takes us on a tour of the Sierra Nevada (with occasional forays into the Coast Ranges and the Central Valley) that captures the grandeur of the region's topography, forests, glaciers, weather, and wildlife in eloquent prose. In both books, Muir's vivid descriptions of nature are infused with his characteristic wonder at the magnificence of wilderness, from a single lily whose beauty "puts the roughest mountaineer on his best behavior" to a vista of the luminous Range of Light.

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