To the high mountains

To the High Mountains

by John Muir from My First Summer in the Sierra

Chapter IV passage: John Muir, famed naturalist and conservationist, went to California in 1868. In the summer of 1869, he joined shepherds taking their sheep to summer pasture in the Sierra Nevada mountains. This passage is from a diary of the trip which he published in 1911. After reading the passage, students will respond to questions on Muir’s use of language and the plot actions.