Range Tracking

Singular Perceptions


I enjoyed many visits to the John Muir Historic Site in Martinez, California, climbing its hills and visiting the Muir House to take photographs. Probably my favorite part of each visit was the reassuring sight that John Muir’s office is almost as messy as mine.

From the slide archive.

From the John Muir Historic Site website, part of the U.S. National Park Service:

John Muir [born 21 April 1838] was a writer, a lecturer, a geologist, a botanist, a glaciologist, an explorer, a school teacher, an inventor, a fruit rancher, a husband, and a father.

John Muir was perhaps this country’s most famous and influential naturalist. If it weren’t for John Muir and his writings, we probably would not have Yosemite National Park as we know it today. He was also involved in the creation of the Grand Canyon, Kings Canyon, Petrified Forest, and Mt. Rainier National Parks. Additionally, his writings about Alaska led to further preservation of the landscape over time. Because of his influential writings and role in the creation of multiple parks, he is often called “The Father of Our National Park System.”

John Muir also co-founded the Sierra Club in 1892 and was its first president until his death in 1914.

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