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Travels in Alaska

Travels in Alaska by John Muir

In 1879 John Muir went to Alaska for the first time. Its stupendous living glaciers aroused his unbounded interest, for they enabled him to verify his theories of glacial action. Again and again he returned to this continental laboratory of landscapes. The greatest of the tide-water glaciers appropriately commemorates his name. Upon this book of Alaska travels, all but finished before his unforeseen departure, John Muir expended the last months of his life.

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Travels in Alaska

by John Muir



Part I. The Trip of 1879

I. Puget Sound and British Columbia II. Alexander Archipelago and the Home I found in Alaska III. Wrangell Island and Alaska Summers IV. The Stickeen River V. A Cruise in the Cassiar VI. The Cassiar Trail VII. Glenora Peak VIII. Exploration of the Stickeen Glaciers IX. A Canoe Voyage to Northward X. The Discovery of Glacier Bay XI. The Country of the Chilcats XII. The Return to Fort Wrangell XIII. Alaska Indians

Part II. The Trip of 1880

XIV. Sum Dum Bay XV. From Taku River to Taylor Bay XVI. Glacier Bay Part III. The Trip of 1890

XVII. In Camp at Glacier Bay XVIII. My Sled Trip on the Muir Glacier XIX. Auroras

Glossary of Words in the Chinook Jargon


Forty years ago John Muir wrote to a friend; "I am hopelessly and forever a mountaineer. . . . Civilization and fever, and all the morbidness that has been hooted at me, have not dimmed my glacial eyes, and I care to live only to entice people to look at Nature's loveliness... Continue reading book >>

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