Travels in Alaska


The trail-blazing Scottish-American naturalist, John Muir, known as the Father of the National Parks was one of the first advocates for the preservation of wilderness in the USA.  His activism helped to preserve the Yosemite Valley, Sequoia National Park and countless other miles of wild America. 

Muir made several trips to the pristine, relatively unexplored territory of Alaska, the first in 1879.  He found awe-inspiring glaciers and was in the company of bears, bald eagles, wolves, and whales. Half-poet and half-geologist, he recorded his experiences and reflections in Travels in Alaska, a work he was in the process of completing at the time of his death in 1914.

“A century and a quarter later, we are reading [Muir’s] account because there in the glorious fiords . . . he is at our elbow, nudging us along, prompting us to understand that heaven is on earth—is the Earth—and rapture is the sensible response wherever a clear line of sight remains.”  Edwards Hoagland.

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