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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on November 18, 2005
I have not had the pleasure of visiting Yosemite, not yet. Muir wrote this book when he was 73 years old and recollects his experiences over may years in the valley. I found the most interesting sections to be descriptions of personal events - riding an avalanche, passing behind Yosemite Falls, the people he knew during those years. I simply wish more of the book had a similar content, I feel we have only been exposed to the tip of the iceberg, and there is so much more he could have offered. I have several of his other books, yet to read, so perhaps they will expand on his personal adventures.

There are lengthy sections on the landscape, flowers, trees and other physical characteristics of the valley. It is these latter sections that drop me to a four star rating. I have a version without any pictures, and I believe that photographs would have done many sections of this book more justice than words. Some information on the trees may be unique and interesting, but I found myself skimming over several sections due to a lingering over latin names and taxonomy.

This book should simply not be missed by those with a love for the outdoors, but keep in mind there may be some sections lacking the personal touch I was expecting for the whole book.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on February 11, 2012
To fully experience the magic that is The Yosemite they should give this out in the park. Understanding the history of what you see will bring the park to life in an entirely new way.

I highly recommend reading this, and then joining the Sierra Club.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on September 14, 2012
I read the kindle version and enjoyed it but as other reviews mentioned it didn't have the pictures that the print version has. I felt the lack of pictures took away from it a bit as some of the things that were described really needed a picture to go along with it. Overall, good book but would have like it a lot more with the pictures.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 9, 2013
Have you ever looked at something so beautiful that you simply could not find the words sufficient to describe it?
These books are old, but the author's descriptions and his feelings about them are so perfect that you would swear you are standing next to him.
"Looking eastward from the summit of Pacheco Pass one shining morning, a landscape was displayed that after all my wanderings still appears as the most beautiful I have ever beheld. At my feet lay the Great Central Valley of California, level and flowery, like a lake of pure sunshine ... And from the eastern boundary of this vast golden flower-bed rose the mighty Sierra, miles in height, and so gloriously colored and so radiant, it seemed not clothed with light but wholly composed of it, like the wall of some celestial city.... Then it seemed to me that the Sierra should be called, not the Nevada or Snowy Range, but the Range of Light. And after ten years of wandering and wondering in the heart of it, rejoicing in its glorious floods of light, the white beams of the morning streaming through the passes, the noonday radiance on the crystal rocks, the flush of the alpenglow, and the irised spray of countless waterfalls, it still seems above all others the Range of Light." -- from The Yosemite
Purity of thought, so rare in a writer. I love His books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 29, 2013
In preparation for our trip to Yosemite next year I watched Ken Burns "The National Parks" series and learn about the contributions of John Muir to the creations of the National Parks. Until I read Yosemite I did not fully appreciate his contributions. His descriptions of the mountains, waterfalls and valleys it's wildlife and flowers was so vivid that I could almost feel the mist from the waterfalls on my face. I can now understand how his books inspired the creation of the National Parks

Thank you John Muir.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 11, 2013
I must say I'm a bit biased, but I love all of Muir's writings. The man is truly one of a kind. His manner of exploration, being nearly absent of fear but not sense, and being all observant, he really brings areas to life. The level of detail on some items can probably become a bit much for some readers, but you can't help but love his enthusiasm. I wish I had the opportunity to have explored with him. As I read this book, he made me want to run back up to the Sierras and just get lost somewhere.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 4, 2013
If you are going to visit Yosemite this is a great read, from many descriptions over all the seasons. John was clearly a biologist based on his complete documentation of the plants seen at many locations, but quite an adventurer describing a ride on an avalanche, surviving a tremendous earthquake, a huge springtime flood all of which make me want to return. He hints at many a place to visit including a huge dome with a surprise of erratics on top.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 25, 2014
I've never been to Yosemite, but after reading this book, I feel like I have been. Mr. Muir had a way of describing natural scenery that, in my opinion, is among the best writers of the ages. A very nice read, and I can say that I have become a fan of his writing. I'm looking forward to reading more of his works.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 24, 2012
I have met people who have taken up photography seriously after reading this book.
For anyone who appreciates anything from John Muir, you will love the beauty that Galen Rowell's
photography adds to an already work of art. The book was in good shape and a real find. Thanks
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 13, 2013
Although I haven't finished it, I do adore how evident it is that John Muir feels something divine when exploring the Yosemite area, a similar response as I had the first time I saw Yosemite. This man is a one of a kind, and I appreciate all his writings.
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