A Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf (1916)

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This volume in the John Muir Library Series chronicles the famed naturalist's 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 Muir's life, when an eye injury that caused temporary blindness forced him to leave his manufacturing job in
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Overview

This volume in the John Muir Library Series chronicles the famed naturalist's 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 Muir's 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 Kentucky's 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 Muir's 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.

Shows the wilderness, the people and towns of the immediate post Civil War South.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781164311195
  • Publisher: Kessinger Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 9/10/2010
  • Pages: 276
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

John Muir (1838-1914), founder of the Sierra Club and a prime mover in the birth of the National Park movement, is the author of such classics as Our National Parks, My First Summer in the Sierra, and Travels in Alaska. Colin Fletcher is the prolific and best-selling author of The Complete Walker and The Man Who Walked Through Time. He lives in Carmel Valley, California.
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction
I Kentucky Forests and Caves 1
II Crossing the Cumberland Mountains 17
III Through the River Country of Georgia 47
IV Camping among the Tombs 66
V Through Florida Swamps and Forests 83
VI Cedar Keys 123
VII A Sojourn in Cuba 143
VIII By a Crooked Route to California 169
IX Twenty Hill Hollow 192
Index 213
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2002

    A Wonderful Journey

    This is a lively journey through the American South in which Muir encounters great freedom, deep loneliness, the kindness of strangers, a bout of malaria, and most of all, the glory of nature as only a true free-spirit and 'naturalist' can impart in impassioned text.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2013

    you had me...

    Then you lost me. I was confudsed most times because it was so sloppy. I dunno.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2011

    Highly Recommended - you must check it out!

    I read this book and loved it i llook forward to reading The Yosemite By John Muir

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