John Muir



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This last portion of Muir's journal to appear in magazine form tells of late autumn days in Tuolumne Meadows: "Frost enough for crystal-building -- glorious fields of ice-diamonds destined to last but a night. How lavish is Nature, building, pulling down, creating, destroying, chasing every material particle from form to form, ever changing, ever beautiful." As the time arrives to turn the flock homeward, Muir muses: "Away we go, down through the pines, leaving the lovely lawn where we have camped so. I wonder if I'll ever see it again." Upon finally reaching the lowlands, he happily concludes: "Here ends my forever memorable first High Sierra excursion. I have crossed the Range of Light, surely the brightest and best all the Lord has built. ANd, rejoicing in its glory, I gladly, gratefully, hopefullly pray I may see it again." Selections are from no. 200, pp. 250-[354].


The Atlantic Monthly, v. 107, no. 4


pp. 521-528

My First Summer in the Sierra.



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