Travels In Alaska
Travels in Alaska takes readers on a trip to Alaska through the vivid descriptions of the author, John Muir.The book is based on journals Muir wrote during his visits to Alaska in 1879, 1880, and 1890.These chronicles of his journey relate his observations of nature, glaciers, and the many people he met.Traveling on foot, by canoe, and dogsled Muir experienced excitement discovering unfamiliar types of lands and animals.Each summer Muir and his new found Presbyterian missionary friend S. Hall Young accompanied by Tlingit Indian guides launched extensive voyages of discovery in a thirty foot canoe.John Muir was a naturalists who loved to go to wild places and experience the wonders of nature.
Chapter One of Travels In Alaska is inspired by the beautiful scenery Muir writes in his boat in route to Puget Sound.He describes the scenery, weather, and hospitality shown to him by the individuals he met during his journey through the Alexander Archipelago to Fort Wrangell and Sitka.Also, a man named Mr. Vanderbilt offered John a room and a place at his table.The Vanderbilt family occupied the best house in the fort and this is where he found a real home; with the chance to go on all sorts of excursions as opportunity offered.
Muir’s steamer goesfirst to Sitka, then on to Wrangell.The Klondike gold rush was yet to begin, but John heard of twenty-eight miners who had just gone from Sitka into the Yukon to prospect.The next summer he came across and interviewed a number of the original twenty-eight miners in S.E. Alaska in Sum Dum Bay.While in Wrangell Muir was adopted by the Stickeen
tribe, and given an Indian name (Ancoutahan) that means adopted chief.Being adopted by the Stickeens was a excellent safeguard while John was on his travels among the different tribes of the archipelago.No one belonging to the other tribes would attack him, knowing that the Stickeens wou…