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John Muir contemplating the great outdoors in 1902

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John Muir and the Sierras
July 19, 1869

What's the first thing you see when you wake up? What would you see if you slept outside? Would you wake up when the sun rises? For John Muir, a naturalist who traveled the country and observed his surroundings, sleeping outside was one of life's great pleasures. He kept track of his experiences by recording them in a journal. Here's what he wrote on July 19, 1869, when he woke up in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California:
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