John Muir



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""How delightful it is, and how it makes one's pulses bound to get back again into the heart of this grand old northland wilderness .... ""Muir recommends canoe travel with the Indians, saying, ""With plenty of provisions ... you may be truly independent, and enter into partnership with nature; be carried with the winds and currents, accept the noble invitations offered all along your way to enter the sublime rock portals of the mountain fiords, the homes of the waterfalls and the glaciers, and encamp every night in fresh, leafy coves, carpeted with flower-enamelled [sic] mosses, beneath wide outspreading branches of the evergreens .... "" After observing the abundance of salmon and other fish, and the ease of catching them, Muir concludes: ""There are no wheat fields in Alaska, nevertheless, compared with the most fertile portions of all our foodful country, it is preeminently the land of plenty.""


San Francisco Daily Evening Bulletin, Sept. 25, 1880


p. 4, cols. 6-8

Alaska Land. John Muir Revisits the Scene of Last Year's Exploration. A Land of Abundance-A Canoe Voyage Among the Islands and Icebergs. Magnificent Scenery-The Hoona Indians-Among the Salmon. (Special Correspondence of the Bulletin.) In Camp, Near Cape Fanshaw, August 18, 1880.



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