Among other things, Muir wrote about this place "We live in a retired and romantic hollow. Our tall, tall, forest trees are now alive ....Freshness and beauty are very where - flowers are born every hour - living sunlight is poured over all, and every thing and creature is glad - our world is indeed a beautiful one." Quoted from the Trout Hollow Trail Guide.
As a former Professor of Environmental Sciences, I'm obviously interested in Muir and his message. After today, I now have some research to do, and a book or two to read. I think I will be putting together some more detail on the story of Muir's time here, get some more pictures to illustrate it, and share it all with you at some point in the future.
It seemed particularly fitting to me to learn about all this today, while enjoying a great hike, because my image of Muir is that he was a great adventurer, not afraid to head out on his own. Tomorrow is the anniversary of our own son William's death, and he too was an adventurer. Perhaps not as eloquent a writer as Muir, but he too loved the mountains, and headed out west to make his life, finding his dream as a water bomber pilot. I think of him every time I go out on the little adventures I write about here.