Muir Ramble Route:
Walking from San Francisco to Yosemite in the Footsteps of John Muir
A Guide for hiking from San Francisco to Yosemite by Peter and Donna Thomas
With an account of the original 1868 trip by John Muir
from the book's dust jacket
Muir Ramble Route: Walking from San Francisco to Yosemite
In the Footsteps of John Muir - A guide for hiking from San Francisco to Yosemite
by Peter and Donna Thomas With an account of the original 1868 trip by John Muir
by Peter and Donna Thomas
Poetic Matrix Press,
This book is really three books in one. It is a guidebook for a walking/cycling
route across California that follows John Muir's footsteps from San Francisco
to Yosemite via the Pacheco Pass.
It is an adventure book, telling the story
of Peter and Donna Thomas' 2006 ramble across California to discover
And finally it is a history book, presenting in its entirety
and for the first time, the complete story of John Muir's first trip
to Yosemite. That trip was taken in 1868, the year before Muir's 'First
Summer in the Sierra,' and it has never been published before, existing
in obscurity, in Muir's various writings, until it was reconstructed by
Peter and Donna in preparation for their walk to Yosemite in his footsteps.
"John Muir was one of the greatest walkers of modern times, and
through walking he came to know nature's beauty and diversity. Here,
collated conveniently for the first time, is his first encounter with
a California still unspoiled by industrial farming, freeways, and oil
wells. It should make any reader's feet itch with excitement."
- Donald Worster, Hall Distinguished Professor of American History, University
"Here, for the first time and meticulously researched by Donna and Peter
Thomas, is the story of Muir's personal journey from San Francisco
through the foothills into Yosemite National Park, as well as the route
undertaken by the celebrated Thomases who followed in Muir's footsteps.
Enjoy your own path-filled wanderings on your way to Yosemite and bask
in the glory of God's Wildness."
- Bonnie J. Gisel, author Nature's Beloved Son: Rediscovering John
Muir's Botanical Legacy
"In this book, Peter & Donna Thomas have reinvented John Muir's
first journey to Yosemite. Along the way they have discovered many
places where California's natural world remains relatively unspoiled,
but they also trace Muir's route through our contemporary urban sprawl
and industrial agriculture. By juxtaposing Muir's original journals
with their re-created trail, Peter and Donna lead us along that delicate
edge between the landscape of our dreams and the possibilities of a
- Tom Killion, California Landscape Printmaker
Trans-California Ramble: Re-walking John Muir's 1868 trip from San Francisco
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