LeConte remembered John
Muir as "a most passionate lover of nature.
Plants and flowers and forests, and sky and clouds and mountains
seem actually to haunt his imagination. He seems to revel in
the freedom of this life.... a man of strong, earnest nature, and
thoughtful, closely observing, and original mind."
I never enjoyed anything else so much in my life -- perfect health,
the merry party of young men, the glorious scenery, and above
all, the magnificent opportunity for studying mountain origin
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