John Muir’s insight into how the environment works is very interesting to me. His views on the wilderness are different than those of other authors we have read this far in class. I really enjoy how Muir describes his interactions with nature while on his hike. Even when things go wrong, Muir has a positive attitude towards it and wants other people to experience the beauty of nature. Muir, being known as the father of national parks, is very inspirational in wanting others to experience nature. While many of the authors and poets we have discussed thus far in class are against fencing in nature, Muir is all for it. While I do not agree with him fully, I do think there should be national parks to encourage people to see nature. During my final paper research, I hope to find out more information as to why John Muir wanted to create national parks. I also want to learn about a handful of places he has explored and what kind of experiences he has had at each one.
Sources To Look At
McDowall, R M. “Biogeography in the Life and Literature of John Muir: a Ceaseless Search for Pattern.” Wiley Online Library, Blackwell Publishing Ltd, 16 Aug. 2010, onlinelibrary-wiley-com.ezproxy.umw.edu/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1365-2699.2010.02351.x.
Pesses, Michael W.”Environmental Knowledge, American Indians, and John Muir’s Trap.” Yearbook of the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers, vol. 80, 2018, pp. 112-133. Project MUSE, doi:10.1353/pcg.2018.0006
Powici, Chris. “What Is Wildnerness? John Muir and the Question of the Wild.” Scottish Studies Review, vol. 5, no. 1, Spring 2004, pp. 74–86. EBSCOhost, ezproxy.umw.edu:2048/loginurl=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspxdirect=true&db=hlh&AN=14801581&site=ehost-live.