SIMPLICITY: John Muir by Philip Harnden

John Muir by Philip Harnden

From Journeys of Simplicity

(1838–1914)

Scottish-born American naturalist, inventor, writer, rover, and crusader for wilderness preservation.

John Muir was a lifelong pacifist who moved to Canada during the Civil War conscription.  He was a mechanical wizard who refused to patent his inventions because “all improvements and inventions should be the property of the human race.”  When a factory accident temporarily blinded him, young Muir resolved to devote the rest of his life “to the study of the inventions of God.”  Upon regaining his sight, he set off alone on a thousand-mile botanizing walk from Indiana to the Gulf of Mexico.

“Only by going alone in silence, without baggage, can one truly get into the heart of the wilderness,” he wrote.  “All other travel is mere dust and hotels and baggage and chatter.”

JOHN MUIR’S THOUSAND-MILE WALK TO THE GULF

In a rubberized bag
comb
brush
towel
soap
change of underclothing

copy of Burn’s poems
Milton’s Paradise Lost
Wood’s Botany
small New Testament
journal
map

a plant press

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