John Muir : Ur-Vagabounder

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Tim Ferriss calls John Muir that on Pages 364 of The tools of Titans

The above is the legendary photo of John Muir with President Teddy.

Muir is the patron Saint of the Sierra club (I have been on week long trips with them, you guys should try them out, they are fantastic) . Here is the account – “In 1903, Roosevelt visited Muir in Yosemite. Guided into the Yosemite wilderness by naturalist John Muir, the president went on a three-day wilderness trip that started at the Mariposa Grove, and included Sentinel Dome, Glacier Point, and Yosemite Valley among other points of interest in Yosemite National Park. Muir seized the opportunity “to do some forest good in talking freely around the campfire,” and the President, referring to John Muir, is quoted as saying “Of course of all the people in the world, he was the one with whom it was best worth while thus to see the Yosemite.”

Here is an interesting quote from the same page 364  –  “One of Muir’s Yosemite visitors in the summer of 1871 was none other than the “Walden” – Ralph Waldo Emerson! – who gushed upon seeing the sequoias – “It’s a wonder we can see these trees and not wonder more”. Then Emerson scurried off a couple of hours later. – Muir speculated wryly – “Has he really seen the trees”!

Be travelling my friends

We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.

T. S. Eliot

America the Beautiful – Hidden Gems

I love the great US of A. I grew up with Mrs Persis’ teaching in social studies from National Geographic. And I fell in love. It is truly gifted with natural beauty beyond measure, and I have extensively traveled (I have heard it from many native born – Oh you have seen more than i would ever see 🙂 ). That is a compliment.

SMOKEY MOUTThe Great smoky mountains.

One of the oldest mountain ranges in the world, this tranquil national park, which stretches across the Tennessee-North Carolina border, has a rich biodiversity that’s rivalled by few other places on the planet.

TURKEY!Wild turkey anyone?

Idyllic beach towns — without the crowds
Hidden away from the hordes of summer travellers, these five little beach towns offer prime surf spots, scenic views and Victorian charm.

Kentucky: An adventure haven
This state has one of the most adrenaline-packed environments in the country, featuring both a rock climbing mecca and the world’s longest known cave system.

SMOKEY MOUTHappy traveling!

PS: The source of this article is BBC Travel here.