A Thousand Mile Walk to the Gulf

Read by MaryAnn

(4.6 stars; 115 reviews)

Muir was a preservationist and naturalist. His activism helped to preserve the Yosemite Valley, Sequoia National Park and other wilderness areas. The Sierra Club, which he founded, is now one of the most important conservation organizations in the United States.

In early March 1867, Muir was injured while working as a sawyer in a factory that made wagon wheels: a tool he was using slipped and struck him in the eye. This accident changed the course of his life. He was confined to a darkened room for six weeks, worried whether he’d ever regain his sight. When he did, "he saw the world—and his purpose—in a new light," writes Marquis. Muir later wrote, "This affliction has driven me to the sweet fields. God has to nearly kill us sometimes, to teach us lessons." From that point on, he determined to "be true to myself" and follow his dream of exploration and study of plants.

A Thousand Mile Walk to the Gulf recounts Muir's walk of about 1,000 miles (1,600 km) from Indiana to Florida. He had no specific route chosen, except to go by the "wildest, leafiest, and least trodden way I could find." This journal is the earliest of Muir's writings and autobiographically bridges the period between The Story of my Boyhood and Youth and My First Summer in the Sierra. (Summary from Wikipedia and Introduction) (4 hr 6 min)


Introduction 20:52 Read by MaryAnn
Kentucky Forests and Caves 18:05 Read by MaryAnn
Crossing the Cumberland Mountains 31:16 Read by MaryAnn
Through the River Country of Georgia 20:07 Read by MaryAnn
Camping among the Tombs 16:34 Read by MaryAnn
Through Florida Swamps and Forests 43:34 Read by MaryAnn
Cedar Keys 20:23 Read by MaryAnn
A Sojourn in Cuba 26:51 Read by MaryAnn
By a Crooked Route to California 24:43 Read by MaryAnn
Twenty Hill Hollow 23:47 Read by MaryAnn



(5 stars)

Great tale of John Muir's journeys to the Gulf of Mexico, Cuba, New York, and the splendors of California! Muir is a master storyteller and paints exquisite word-pictures. In addition, his "nature philosophy" really shines through in several passages. Imagine walking alone across much of America, shortly after the Civil War, with nothing but a small haversack containing a few items! Talk about super-ultralight hiking! MaryAnn did a superb job reading the text..... especially navigating through all the scientific names of plants that Muir encountered along the way. I highly recommend MaryAnn's reading of this entertaining book.


(5 stars)

A great adventure and tale of fauna, flora, and meetings with folks along the way, that left me thinking of where my next epic journey will take me. I read he was an admirer of Thoreau and he has taken and nobly carried the torch forward.

Kerouac before Kerouac

(5 stars)

Muir was Kerouac before Kerouac write about his cross country travels. this book also gives us insight into post civil war south from the perspective of a northerner traveling through the south.

Excellent reading

(5 stars)

This is wonderfully read. You have really captured the spirit of this humble botanist, I am thoroughly enjoying this. Thank you for remembering the blessing of Nature Muir has protected for us, may we all do the same for our blessed beautiful Earth home. well done. Btw, "nig", Sambo, Sally and like terms are now considered racial slurs, but I don't think Muir was racist, but more a person of that era. Now we know not to use those words. Fyi

beautiful book + fantastic Reader =

(5 stars)

definitely one of my favorites.. and he mentioned a place that I can see from our house! I can step out onto the front lawn, or look out our front door.. and lay eyes upon Mt. Diablo. It's most beautiful when it has a little sprinkling of snow atop its peak. Thank you, Librivox & thank you for a perfect Reading of this book.

great find

(5 stars)

Very well read, and an exciting account of the lands and people that Muir encountered. Includes accounts of the "immovable prejudice" of some wealthy southerners about slavery.

Where it all began

(5 stars)

Great reader and interesting journal of where it all began with John Muir's botanical rambles. Glad he didn't get to South America :)

A Treasure

(4.5 stars)

John Muir's appreciation of our wilderness is inspiring. Well read as usual, by Mary Ann.