John Muir was born in Dunbar, Scotland in 1838. In 1849 Muir’s family immigrated to Wisconsin in the United States where he would study botany.
In 1969, Muir took on a job at Yosemite, and in his free time he would roam the landscape, where he developed the idea that the valley was carved out of glaciers.
It is clear from his writings that Muir experienced a deep connection to nature. He became a great activist for the protection of areas of outstanding natural beauty such as the Petrified Forest and The Grand Canyon, and he became the most public figure to support the project to protect Yosemite from damaging human developments.
Muir is a great hero to all who work in Yosemite, and at the end of our hike, Shirley Spencer, the ranger who guided us on our tour stopped our group and asked us to be still as she related an amazing quote from him.
I asked Shirley if I could record her before leaving, and she gracefully sat down to say the quote again which you can hear in this video below.