I’ll be reading first from John Muir’s tales of exploring in August 1879 when he was 41, from his book Travels in Alaska, chapter 8.
Then we will jump back in time to when Muir was 26 and exploring the Great Lakes region’s plants. He spent 2 years living in Ontario, in 1864 and 1865. His first published writing was in the form of a letter he wrote to his professor about his delight in discovering the rare orchid calypso borealis. It was published in a Boston newspaper.