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Walking with Muir across Yosemite
Thomas R. Vale and Geraldine R. Vale

"A celebration of the nature experience. This book expresses John Muir' emotional attachment to America's oldest national park."
—Lary M. Dilsaver, University of South Alabama

Does today's visitor trekking Yosemite National Park find it much different from what John Muir encountered a century ago? Thomas and Geraldine Vale retrace Muir's path, based upon journal descriptions of his activities and experiences during his first summer in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. From the foothills through Yosemite Valley and on up to the Tuolumne Meadows, the Vales follow the present roads and trails that crossed Muir's route, imagining his reaction to the landscape while reflecting on the natural world in both his time and ours.

Illustrated with drawings by John Muir and drawings and photos by the Vales, Walking with Muir across Yosemite emphasizes that current visitors to Yosemite—indeed to any national park—can still experience the solitude, wildness, and romanticism of nature. They believe, however, that this modern exploration would benefit from a national parks policy that actively promotes nature study and encourages a more profound interaction between humans and the natural world.

Thomas R. Vale is professor of geography at the UW-Madison. He received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. Geraldine R. Vale is a freelance writer and public school teacher. They are the coauthors of U.S. Forty Today: Thirty Years of Landscape Change in America. Thomas Vale is co-editor, with Robert Ostergren, of Wisconsin Land and Life, also published by the Press.

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cover of Walking With Muir has, in part, a photo of four rocks on what looks like a carved stone outcropping.

April 1998

160 pp.   6 x 9   
42 b/w photos, 17 drawings   

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