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The Yosemite

The Yosemite This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers You may find it for free on the web Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery

  • Title: The Yosemite
  • Author: John Muir
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 325
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers You may find it for free on the web Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.

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    1. I think John Muir has got to be one of my top 5 favorite humans of all time. The guy was seriously one of a kind. This fact became evident within the first few pages of "The Yosemite," which I decided to read in advance of my first trip to Yosemite National Park this weekend. John Muir is basically the reason that the park exists. He lived in the valley for many years, on his own, just kind of wandering around and exploring, and he loved it so much that he convinced everyone that it needed to be [...]

    2. Reading “The Yosemite” was my first experience reading John Muir’s prose. His descriptions are amazing. I read most of the book on a backpacking trip in Yosemite, and I cherish this opportunity to read Muir’s descriptions of the very place I was visiting. Muir’s words are oft quoted, and now I understand why. His writing is poetic and moving, and so much of what he says speaks to soul.John Muir is skilled at painting with words. Reading about a waterfall, you can see how the water desc [...]

    3. I just returned from Yosemite, a gift to the world from the venerable John Muir, who managed to have it preserved for posterity (although he failed in his attempt to save a neighboring valley, the Hetch Hetchy, now submerged beneath a reservoir). The Yosemite allowed me to better understand some of the things I saw on the trip and to "see" many features of the park I missed. Of all the characters of recent modern history, Muir might well have been the most interesting to meet--although exhaustin [...]

    4. Muir's classic lovingly details Yosemite, conducting readers on his favorite paths through the valley and introducing us to his friends, the trees.

    5. In Yosemite, Muir does for the Yosemite Valley what he did for the Serrias in The Mountains of California. This is an excellent rendition of the flora, fauna, and geology of the Yosemite Valley region. Procured at Yosemite National Park, the work helped me enjoy the majestic views.

    6. Having previously worked and lived in Yosemite, I have to come clean that reading Muir's own nostalgic account of Yosemite, was for me an inherently nostalgic experience. There is so much about Muir's rich language that so eloquently and authentically illustrates the beauty and sublime experience of being in Yosemite. His warnings against building the damn that would fill Hetch Hetchy were especially moving. When I was there I could not help but ponder what could have been. His writing style and [...]

    7. This is not a thriller. It was really hard for me to get through the book. I am a city dweller. I cannot tell different trees, birds and flowers apart. But it shows how much love John Muir had for this national park. It's clear that his letters would make leader want to protect this. I started reading this before a trip to Yosemite. And it has motivated me to be aware of the nature around me, try to love it like John Muir did.

    8. John Muir’s writing about Yosemite makes me want to immediately take a trip there and experience all the beauty that Yosemite beholds. I enjoyed learning about the history and how the Indians were run off their land.A must read for anyone who plans to visit Yosemite.

    9. I'm glad I finally read this, but it was slow going. For every awe-inspiring passage about his adventures, there are half a dozen long descriptions of pine cones and the like. I can understand why people love this book, though.

    10. Interesting, butI felt like I was reading a text book! Granted, a textbook with flowery words and descriptions. But, a textbook nonetheless! That being said, I did enjoy reading this book. Should have had a map of Yosemite NP in front of me at all times though.

    11. I've never read any of John Muir's books, just a lot of lovely quotations, but after being in Yosemite this past week and learning about his influence in having the land designated as a National Park and his camping excursions with Teddy Roosevelt, I wanted to read his own account of the place. The man is naturalist, biologist, but more than anything he's a poet with a way of describing land that must have influence JRR Tolkein's writing. Basically, Yosemite was John Muir's playground. He was a [...]

    12. The parts that stuck out to me were first off Muir's description of his adventurers during snow avalanches. These ideas made me want to jump off of my city living and return to the live I once knew. Equally impactful was his history of how the Native Americans were removed from the Park. This history served as a harrowing reminder of what our National Parks were almost always built on, the disposition of homes of Native peoples. It was truly sad to hear the history of Taniya and his people.Muir' [...]

    13. John Muir describes Yosemite as a natural cathedral of light, and if that is the case surely he is the preacher, or at least a member of the choir. This is a superb guide and memorial to Yosemite as it was over one hundred years ago- though perhaps this book sometimes suffers from an overabundance of riches. We must start with the language of this book, which is poetic and beautiful. From banners of glinting glittering snow blowing off the mountainside to polished mirrored rock formed by million [...]

    14. "He must sing, though the heavens fall"I read this book because I feel I owe John Muir a debt of gratitude. His all-encompassing, almost mystical and always infectious appreciation for wilderness helped start a movement to conserve wild places for the enjoyment of all. One of those places is Yosemite. I had the opportunity to visit recently and picked up a copy of this book. Pictures from another recent visitor (thanks Stephanie) prompted me to pull this out and read it. It was published in 1912 [...]

    15. The Yosemite is Muir at his finest. As a spiritual man, John Muir saw the glory and greatness of the natural wonders around him through a lens of awe, wonderment, and appreciation of every detail that he conveys in all of his writings. His clear prose takes the reader back to the time when he was exploring Yosemite himself and allows you to experience the park as he saw it with his own eyes.Originally written as a guidebook to the part and a means to convince readers nationwide to make the pilgr [...]

    16. "Nature never taught me that there exists a God of glory and of infinite majesty. I had to learn that in other ways. But nature gave the word glory meaning for me." - C.S. LewisYosemite is my favorite wilderness in the world, the place where I first experienced God's majesty in creation, so when I found this little paperback at a thrift store for fifty cents I was pretty thrilled. Part naturalist's field guide, part tourist's hand book, part environmental activist's treatise, part autobiographic [...]

    17. Though published in 1912, The Yosemite reads as firmly planted in the 19th Century, with swaths of descriptive text that can bog down the modern reader, no matter how beautiful its descriptions (and indeed its subjects). Yet there is an undeniable poetry to Muir's evangelizing for the wilderness, and I imagine the pace is one well suited to walking through the valley, exploring its wonders.The passages where he told stories that placed himself and others in the landscape were particularly enjoya [...]

    18. I think I might like this book better if I didn't just listen to it. Like if there were drawings of all the things he writes about, or a map of Yosemite or something. I tihnk his descriptions of waterfalls are great--he realy knows how to write about water and light and mist and all that good stuff. I appreciate the details of the park and all the trees, and I guess what I really learned is that you have to accumulate knowledge slowly, and someone has to do it before you can get more. So good fo [...]

    19. John Muir (one of the pioneers of American conservation) was a devout Christian man. Follow this link: christianstandard/2006/09/. Unfortunately, many modern environmentalists sweep his Christian faith under the carpet. They want us to see him as just an environmentalist and ignore the Christian faith that motivated him. As a man saturated in the Scriptures from his early youth in Scotland, he exults in the majesty, beauty, and power of the creation while often giving glory to God. What a stark [...]

    20. The novel “The Yosemite” by John Muir is a book that tells us the journey of the man, John Muir, and what he saw and experienced in the park. He describes the features of the park. He is first portrayed as a “crazy tourist” because of the way he approaches a man asking him to tell him the way “To any place that is wild…” (pg. 1). This small quote shows a little of his adventurous spirit and his need to explore places. The author describes his approach to the Valley, the winter stor [...]

    21. Obviously intended as a travel book, The Yosemite by John Muir paints a picture that will never be seen again except in his words. John Muir traveled to California in 1869 and spent much time in the area that is now the Yosemite National Park. In the time of his expedition few white men had seen much of that area. Muir’s descriptions are easy to picture and grab the reader’s imagination. I don’t read many travel books (except for the works of Bill Bryson) but this is really worth the effor [...]

    22. If I was not already going to Yosemite, I would have bought a ticket instantly. John Muir is probably one of the most detailed and descriptive writers I've seen yet. He describes every aspect of Yosemite from the famous domes and waterfalls to the types of trees and wildlife you would encounter. He also includes excursions to take depending on the amount of time you have to explore the park. Even though this book is almost 100 years old, most of the scenery has not changed, nor have the names. O [...]

    23. This book took me a while to get through, but only because it was just too well written to speed through!! I grew up going to Yosemite almost every Christmas as a child and so the names of John Muir and Galen Clark were ones I knew very wellHowever, it wasn't until now that I had ever read their words or their experiences in Yosemite. Every single page of The Yosemite is filled with masterfully crafted words that spring off the page and perfectly describe the magical land of Yosemite. John Muir [...]

    24. Mr. Muir breaths life into our national parks like no one else can. Theodore Roosevelt spent 3 days in 1903 in the wilderness with Mr. Muir , two mules and a 2 packers and said " John Muir , of all the people in the world, was the one whom it was best worth while thus to see Yosemite. " This camping trip could be considered the most significant camping trip in conservation history. Mr. Muir was able to convince president Roosevelt to return Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Grove to federal protectio [...]

    25. A PBS special on John Muir's connection to Yosemite National Park in California made me pick up this book again; I had bought it when I visited Yosemite during a geology field trip in university. I enjoyed the prose - very poetic and evocative of the grandeur and beauty of the peaks and valleys of Yosemite. I didn't read all of it (would probably only do that if I was reading it while in the park or had just visited) but it was interesting to read a bit of it after learning about Muir's connecti [...]

    26. Such a treat to see my favorite National Park through the eyes of its biggest fan, John Muir! He gives the subject a nearly thorough treatment in this, the first nature guide to Yosemite (it was published in 1912). I absolutely LOVE his evocative descriptions of the waterfalls! My only criticisms: (1) the chapters on trees and flowers were a bit too technical, (2) I wish he had a similar chapter on mammals, and (3) I wanted more details about the birds. Otherwise, the book and the man are amazin [...]

    27. I read this while visiting Yosemite this summer. I LOVE Yosemite, it is one of my happy spots. I also love John Muir, because I am a nature person and a tree hugger. This book isn't for everyone (although it's short!), even my tree-loving soul baulked a bit at the chapter on pine trees (you know, different needle groupings, pinecone forms, bark comparisons, elevation habits.). But John Muir loved the Sierras, and I do too. I bought a magnet that quotes him, "The mountains are calling and I must [...]

    28. Fantastic first hand account of the beauty of Yosemite, covering the geology, flora, and fauna of the park, as well as suggested trips through the park and ending with an impassioned plea at the end to protect the Hetch Hetchy which sadly fell on deaf ears. Muir is a national treasure and a personal hero of mine, will give five stars to anything he wrote over 100 years ago in praise of the natural beauty of this country. Many times in the book he talks of going outside to see what he could learn [...]

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