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A Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf (1916)

by John Muir

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I enjoyed this book which was composed by John Muir from notes he had made while on his travels. Although the name of the book would suggest he had traveled only to the Gulf Coast, in fact, he also traveled to Cuba and California, including the Yosemite Valley. Those two portions of the book were more interesting to me than his original walk. This man was not only a traveler, biologist, budding ecologist, and writer, but also a very brave one to travel so far into areas totally unknown to him without any companionship or advance assistance from those in the area he was traveling to. I'm sure that in the 21st Century if someone were to repeat the journey, to be able to get lodging in someone's home by walking up to their house and asking would be totally impossible. Almost no one, today, trusts in the basic goodness of mankind. ( )
  whymaggiemay | May 13, 2012 |
I was geared up to read a book about nature, plantlife, and animal habitats, camping out, and roughing it. But maybe half the narrative was about John Muir's daily need to find someone to provide food and a bed. And then he'd write about these people disparagingly, or condescendingly, or both. This was an interesting book, a quick read, a snapshot of sorts of the times, but not at all what I was expecting. ( )
  y2pk | Dec 23, 2010 |
Refreshing and illuminating autobiography of the intrepid naturalist who managed to walk from Ohio to Florida in the days after the Civil War. His idea was to discover and/or identify new plants without getting killed by suspicious southerners. Nearly dead of the fever, he managed to make it to Florida and eventually to his beloved California, by way of Cuba. ( )
  edwin.gleaves | Aug 8, 2010 |
Muir, John, 1838-1914 > Travel > Southern/States/Muir, John, 1838-1914 > Travel > Cuba/Natural history > Southern States/Natural history > Cuba/Southern States > Description and travel/Southern States > History > 1865-1877/Cuba > Description and travel/Naturalists > United States > Biography/Naturalists > United States > Diaries
  Budzul | Jun 1, 2008 |
John Muir takes a walk through the middle of the civil war. ( )
  jmatson | Jun 4, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0395901472, Paperback)

Here is the adventure that started John Muir on a lifetime of discovery. Taken from his earliest journals, this book records Muir's walk in 1867 from Indiana across Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, and Florida to the Gulf Coast. In his distinct and wonderful style, Muir shows us the wilderness, as well as the towns and people, of the South immediately after the Civil War.

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The title of this posthumously published 1916 volume says it all. Editor William Frederic Bade uses Muir's journals to recount his 1867 walking tour from Indiana to the Gulf Coast just two years after the end of the Civil War. An extraordinary adventure for a twenty-nine-year old budding naturalist, it marked the beginning of Muir's lifelong commitment to wilderness preservation.… (more)

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