John Muir, His Achievements And His Journeys

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John Muir worked at a factory in Canada. He invented time and money saving machines for the factories. But one day an accident changed his whole outlook on life. As he was tightening a machine belt with a file, the file flew out and pierced his right eye. His left eye grew dim to the reaction.John's friends and neighbors tried to help him and brought doctors. Some friends read to him. Children brought him flowers and listened to his stories. He finally began to regain his sight. His employer, grateful for the work that he had done for his company, offered John a job as foreman and a future partnership. But John gave up the chance to be a wealthy business man because he wanted to use his precious sight to enjoy the creations of nature.On September 1, 1867, John stepped off a train in Louisville, Kentucky. The next day he set out on foot to walk from Louisville to Florida, a distance of 1,000 miles. In Florida, he planned to catch a boat for South America because he was eager to observe the plants of southern lands. This was known as the thousand-mile walk. During his journey, he would stop to collect plant samples and write about his observations in his journal.John was weak from the trip and thought that he would need much more energy to travel to South America. He decided to visit Yosemite Valley, where he would regain his strength. He took up the job as a herder there and began to explore the area. Then he got a job as guide to the Yosemite. Muir quickly became an expert on Yosemite. John believed that glaciers had helped in the formation of the valley. People began to pay attention to his ideas. Some agreed and some didn't. John spent years studying glaciers and tracking glaciers in the Sierra Nevada.In 1874, Jeanne Carr introduced John Muir to Louie Wanda because she wanted John to leave his lonely life. John first tramped the wilderness of California, Nevada, Utah, the Pacific Northwest, and Alaska. Then he decided that he should settle down and went to visit Louie Wanda in the Alhambra Valley. They got married and had two daughters, Annie and Helen Wanda.John worked on Louie's farm for many years, but started to miss the wilderness. Louie Wanda saw what was happening to John and decided to let him travel to Alaska. He visited the Alaskan tribes and Glacier Bay. In the next ten years of visit to Alaska, Muir would track glaciers and observe them.John Muir will spend the rest of his life writing books about nature and speak out for nature. He will suffer the lost of his wife and abate his grief by observing a pertrified forest. John Muir really was a man of the mountains.I believe that John Muir was a very hard working and determined man. The fact that he overcomes the struggles of his life to accomplish all that he did makes him an even more remarkable man. I think that it is great that there is a man that would speak out for such a wonderful thing like nature in a time where people didn't care. He has accomplished so much in his life that I...

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