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Yosemite Meditations Hardcover – April 1, 2008
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By Frosty Wooldridge
Book review: Yosemite Meditations by Michael Frye and Claudia Welsh
America’s first naturalist John Muir lived in Yosemite Valley for many years in various capacities as a sawyer, guide, mountain climber and budding glaciologist.
In 1906, during President Theodore Roosevelt’s term in public office, the “wilderness” chief executive conferred with Muir about the possibilities of preserving such grand monuments to nature as national parks. Their conversations led to congressional approval that ultimately led to America’s Yellowstone National Park.
Yosemite followed suit. Today, Muir’s efforts along with several other distinguished visionaries created 58 national parks. The Grand Canyon may be the most expansive, but Yosemite garners top honors for the most dramatic waterfalls and glaciated rock formations in the world.
At one point, Muir wanted to feel how a tree felt during a storm. He lashed himself to the top branches to ride out a particularly savage rain and windstorm. After that night, Muir contracted pneumonia, but lived to tell his tale about what a tree experiences in a ferocious tempest. During his years in Yosemite, which means “grizzly bear” or “those who kill”, the majesty of the valley inspired profound prose, which cascaded out of Muir’s quill.
“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness,” said Muir.
Decades later, other great wilderness romantics like Wallace Stegner said, “Something will have gone out of us as a people if we ever let the remaining wilderness be destroyed; if we pollute the last clean air and dirty the last clean streams, and push our paved roads through the last of the silence.Read more ›
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everyone should have this to pick up at the times when life is a little ugly or boring I love this little gem of a book1Published 7 months ago by maryann K.
I regretted not purchasing this book while visiting Yosemite National Park so as soon as I got home I ordered it off amazon! I am so glad I did. Read morePublished 7 months ago by T. Krzan