John Muir



Download Full Text (6.7 MB)

Kimes Entry Number


Original Date


William and Maymie Kimes Annotation

This portion of Muir's journal increasingly reveals him as a worshipper of wild nature. He writes: "Another inspiring morning; nothing better in any world can be concieved. No description of Heaven that I have ever heard or read seems half so fine." On June 23rd he penned these poetic words that have since charmed his multitude of admirers: "Oh, these vast calm measureless mountain days, inciting at once to work and rest. Days in whose light everything seems equally diving, opening a thousand windows to show us God. Never more, however weary, should one faint by the way who gains that blessing of one mountain day; whatever his fate, long life, short life, stormy or calm, he is rich forever." Selections are taken from no. 299, pp. 77-152.


The Atlantic Monthly, v. 107, no. 2


pp. 170-181

My First Summer in the Sierra.



To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.