John Muir

Going to the woods is going home.
– John Muir

Here at, we love to spend time outdoorscamping, hiking, just being. In talking about backpacking and gear, we’ve mentioned the thru-hike – a multiple month backpacking trip. Surely, this must be a new phenomenon? Not so much.

Perhaps the first thru-hike was completed by John Muir when he walked from Indiana to Florida. He shares his journey in his book, A Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf. This book was published in 1916, two years after Muir’s death, and some 48 years after the completion of his walk which he started in September of 1867.

Who is John Muir? puts it most succinctly:

Naturalist, writer and advocate of U.S. forest conservation, John Muir founded the Sierra Club and helped establish Sequoia and Yosemite National Parks.

There is certainly much more to his story, but John Muir is a man who inspires a love of the wild with his actions and words: his actions of working to preserve wild places and his words such as those at the top of this post.

There are many places to find a recounting of the life of John Muir. We like the one incorporated into PBS’s series The National Parks: America’s Best Idea. It tells the story of the National Parks, but also John Muir, as he is so instrumental in their existence, referred to by many as “the Father of the National Parks.” It is also filled with many soul-stirring quotes from his writings.

The mountains are calling and I must go.
– John Muir


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