Happy Birthday, John Muir!

April 21, 2008 at 9:47 am 5 comments

Today is the birthday of preservationist John Muir (the founder of the Sierra Club). He would have been 170 years old today. Not familiar with John Muir? He may be closer to your life than you would think. Perhaps you have a California State Quarter loitering in the change pile in your car (He’s on the back). Or you might be like me– running across his quotes for years without realizing who he was.

My favorite John Muir quote was one of those accidental encounters. I saw it on a sign in Great Smoky Mountains National Park near Clingman’s Dome:

Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find that going to the mountains is going home.

I fancy it, because that is exactly how I feel about the Appalachian Mountains.

They are home.

Entry filed under: Hiking, John Muir.

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. geekhiker  |  April 21, 2008 at 2:32 pm

    Hopefully at some point I’ll be able to hike the John Muir Trail…

    I know how you feel. I don’t know that any specific place applies in my case, it just seems that anywhere away from civilization works! 🙂

  • 2. A-Ron  |  April 22, 2008 at 6:54 am

    I think of Camp Muir on Mt Rainier.

  • 3. Katie  |  April 22, 2008 at 9:23 pm

    What’s really remarkable is that he said it over a century ago!

  • 4. Phil  |  April 28, 2008 at 3:30 pm

    I just finished reading *My First Summer in the Sierra*. Mad crazy reading. A little Kerouac, a little Whitman, with a drop or two of Mark Twain thrown in the mix, all told in the voice of someone in the rapture of childlike joy.

  • 5. TGAW  |  April 28, 2008 at 11:36 pm

    @Phil- Wow, just looked it up on Amazon for more details. It sounds like a fascinating read!


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