The journal of nature lover John Muir who spent the summer of 1869 walking California’s Sierra Nevada range. From French Bar to Mono Lake and the Yosemite Valley, Muir was awestruck by everything he saw. The antics of the smallest “insect people” amazed him as much as stunted thousand year old Juniper trees growing with inconceivable tenacity from tiny cracks in the stone.
Shortly after the end of the Civil War, Muir made his first trip to the Sierra Nevadas, working as a shepherd and documenting the experience in his diary. This audio version, released for the 100th anniversary of the classic travelogue's publication, features a solid but unmemorable reading by Brett Barry. Although his narration is plainspoken, calm, and well paced, Barry who at times mispronounces words or speaks haltingly fails to convincingly convey Muir's familiarity with the natural life he studied during his famous trek across the mountains.