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Alaska Days with John Muir   By: (1847-1927)

Alaska Days with John Muir by Samual Hall Young

Alaska Days with John Muir by Samuel Hall Young takes readers on a remarkable journey through the awe-inspiring wilderness of Alaska in the late 19th century. Young's memoir is a captivating account of his time spent with the renowned naturalist, John Muir, as they explore the rugged landscapes of this remote region.

From the very beginning, Young's vivid descriptions transport readers to the untamed wilderness of Alaska. His detailed observations of the flora and fauna create a sensory experience that allows us to truly appreciate the beauty and grandeur of this untouched land. Moreover, Young's writing style effortlessly captures the essence of the Alaskan environment, enabling us to visualize the snow-covered peaks, icy glaciers, and swirling currents of the rivers.

What sets this memoir apart is Young's personal connection with Muir. As a missionary, Young initially encounters Muir as a skeptic, unsure of the world beyond the church. However, as the two men embark on numerous expeditions together, Young's admiration for Muir's knowledge and passion for nature grows. Through their conversations, Young not only learns about the Alaskan wilderness but also gains a deeper understanding of humanity's connection to the natural world.

Young's account is not just a chronicle of their adventures, but a tribute to Muir's philosophy of conservation and his dedication to preserving the beauty of these landscapes. Muir's tireless efforts to protect and advocate for the wild places of Alaska are woven throughout the narrative, inspiring readers to appreciate and safeguard the natural wonders that surround us.

Although the book primarily focuses on Muir's influence and the exploration of Alaska, Young also adds personal anecdotes and reflections, giving readers a glimpse into his own transformation. His introspective musings provide a relatable perspective, allowing us to ponder our own relationship with nature and the impact it has on our lives.

Alaska Days with John Muir is not only a significant historical document but also an engaging and enlightening read. Samuel Hall Young's ability to infuse the narrative with his admiration for the Alaskan wilderness and his reverence for John Muir's conservationist ideals make this book a must-read for nature enthusiasts, historians, and anyone seeking a deeper understanding of humanity's connection to the natural world.

First Page:

ALASKA DAYS WITH JOHN MUIR

[Illustration: JOHN MUIR WITH ALASKA SPRUCE CONES]

ALASKA DAYS WITH JOHN MUIR

by

S. HALL YOUNG

Illustrated

[Illustration]

New York Chicago Toronto Fleming H. Revell Company London and Edinburgh

Copyright, 1915, by Fleming H. Revell Company

New York: 158 Fifth Avenue Chicago: 125 N. Wabash Ave. Toronto: 25 Richmond St., W. London: 21 Paternoster Square Edinburgh: 100 Princes Street

CONTENTS

I THE MOUNTAIN 11

II THE RESCUE 37

III THE VOYAGE 59

IV THE DISCOVERY 95

V THE LOST GLACIER 125

VI THE DOG AND THE MAN 163

VII THE MAN IN PERSPECTIVE 201

ILLUSTRATIONS

FACING PAGE

John Muir with Alaska Spruce Cones Title

Fort Wrangell 12

The Mountain 24

One of the Marvelous Array of Lakes 40

Glacier Stickeen Valley 54

Chilcat Woman Weaving a Blanket 82

Muir Glacier 114

Davidson Glacier 128

Taku Glacier 150

The Front of Muir Glacier 168

Glacial Crevasses 186

John Muir in Later Life 200

Map 70 (Voyages of Muir and Young)

THE MOUNTAIN

THUNDER BAY

Deep calm from God enfolds the land; Light on the mountain top I stand; How peaceful all, but ah, how grand!

Low lies the bay beneath my feet; The bergs sail out, a white winged fleet, To where the sky and ocean meet... Continue reading book >>




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