Only John Muir himself can put words to paper like this, filling this collection with twenty-three episodes of exuberant discovery. From his encounter with the delicate orchid that launches his writing career to climbs of Mounts Whitney, Shasta, and Rainier that prove to him that no mountain can kill him, the famed naturalist embraces all things wild in accounts that are exciting, enchanting, and downright humorous. Whether skinny-dipping in the Great Salt Lake, penning a letter in ink made from a giant sequoia, or cheering on a bighorn sheep, "Well done for wilderness!" he exclaims and, reading this book, we are certain to cheer with him.
Bonnie J. Gisel's introductions to the chapters shed abundant light on Muir's life, including glimpses of his relationships with family and friends. Fiona King's black-and-white engravings bring Muir to spirited life.