journey towards California with the intent of gathering a sample of every species of botanical organism from Wisconsin to California. Muir's began recordings the accounts in which he wrote one of his more famous works, A-Thousand Mile Walk to The Gulf, at that time. (Buske 24)Contained within the front cover of John’s first personal journal it states, “John Muir, Earth-Planet, Universe” signifying his place within the galaxy. Muir is known for stating his (mankind's) place within nature, the world, and the universe, as he believed it to be. John’s account began with his thoughts of what he felt about what he saw, as far as reconstruction
Cox 5within the southern states after the Civil War. He soon found it much more entertaining and easier to write about the plants and other organisms he wasencountering. Muir frequently discussed his skepticism about the importanceof man in the universe: (Buske 25)Why should man value himself as more than a small part of the great creation. True, the universe would be incomplete without man, but it would also be incomplete without even the smallest microscopic creature. Man has arrived rather late on the planet Earth and would one day take his place among creatures that had once existed and had since returned to dust. (Muir 12)Muir often recorded the day’s events for three hours in the evening, filling as many as 10 leatherbound tabloids within one month. Muir sent close to 30 records to the Carr’s by the time that he arrived in Cuba. John carried with him small snippets of the poems of Robert Burns, Milton’s Paradise Lost, and a copy of the New Testament, which he would look to for inspiration in addition to his natural surroundings when attempting to compose some of his own original works. Upon arriving in Cuba, Muir had been subject to two attacks of fever which left him too weak to continue his jaunt to the Amazon. He instead acquired passage to California by way of the Panama Canal. The scheduled route was to end in northern California, however when resupplyingin San Francisco, Muir decided to desert the ship and head Eastward. (Buske 27)
Cox 6This walk towards the Sierras signified a very important part of Muir’s life, for it was the time in which he laid eyes upon his first true love, YosemiteValley. Muir immediately took a job as a sheep herder in the Yosemite region. Frequently referring to sheep as “hooved locusts” in his journals because of the destruction a mass of them could achieve. (Muir, 15) Muir looked for information on Yosemite Valley nearly everywhere possible, he couldn't seemto find much information about the creation of the gorge. Muir did find an explanation to the formation of the valley proposed by Dr. Josiah Whitney who claimed that the valley was formed by some sort of cataclysm. Muir immediately challenged the statement with the theory the glacial action was the true culprit behind the huge valleys formation. He was then confronted by Dr.Whitney who dismissed Muir as “a mere sheepherder.” However other
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