Purpose

This is a blog featuring the Thousand-Mile Walk that John Muir took in September, 1867. Muir took this walk to better understand, in his words, “God’s inventions;” the tropical flowers of the South, just two years after the Civil War.  The Blog will also follow the author, Dr. James B. Hunt’s journey in re-counting this story through the South and other parts of the country as he provides lectures, bookstore and library readings based on his published book, Restless Fires, Young John Muir’s Thousand Mile Walk to the Gulf in 1867-18 (Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, 2012). The purpose of this blog is stimulate interest in both the book and one of the most important hikes John Muir took as a young, twenty-nine year old “wandering botanist,” that powerfully shaped his world view and humankind’s relationship to Nature.

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