A Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf

A Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf

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by John Muir
     
 

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Scottish-born naturalist and writer John Muir undertook a daring adventure in 1867, just a few years after the Civil War. After recovering from an injury at a saw mill, Muir decided that he wanted to explore the world. He left his life in Indiana and walked one thousand miles to Florida. Without any real direction or purpose other than to study the flora and fauna,

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Scottish-born naturalist and writer John Muir undertook a daring adventure in 1867, just a few years after the Civil War. After recovering from an injury at a saw mill, Muir decided that he wanted to explore the world. He left his life in Indiana and walked one thousand miles to Florida. Without any real direction or purpose other than to study the flora and fauna, Muir trekked south through Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, and Florida with little more than a map, a compass, a brush, soap, and a change of underclothes. He slept under the open stars when he couldn't find a family to take him in, and sometimes Muir walked for forty miles without having food. Though Muir had planned to sail to South America at the end of his journey, he contracted malaria and instead headed to California, where he would ultimately spend the majority of his life. "A Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf" is a classic naturalist text set against the backdrop of the post civil war south.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781420948776
Publisher:
Digireads.com Publishing
Publication date:
01/01/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Peter Jenkins, in addition to being a best selling writer, is an award-winning photographer. His books are part of the curriculum in over three thousand schools from coast to coast (to coast). He lives in Tennessee.

John Muir (1838-1914) was one of the most influential conservationists and nature writers in American history. He was instrumental in the creation and passage of the National Parks Act, and founder of the Sierra Club, acting as its president until his death. Muir was a spirit so free that all he did to prepare for an expedition was to "throw some tea and bread into an old sack and jump the back fence."
 

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A Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
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I read this book and loved it i llook forward to reading The Yosemite By John Muir
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Then you lost me. I was confudsed most times because it was so sloppy. I dunno.