This diary account of John Muir's thousand mile walk to the Gulf deserves to be within the canon of transcendentalism. Not only does Muir travel through strange landscapes collecting plants and ruminating about the different species between biomes, he eloquently captures the ineffability of nature through his prose. This book in particular reveals how he experiences nature and how this experience allows him to comprehend the harmony within the vastly different landscapes.
John Muir is rarely taught in high schools or classes, but he truly is the most genuine writer of his discipline. He went out and experienced nature first hand, allowing him to understand and articulate it in an insurmountable way. Contrast this to Thoreau who merely spend time on one pond. John Muir walked across the country, followed sheep in the Sierra Nevada, trekked Alaska and climbed into trees during rainstorms just to see what the tree felt. He founded the Sierra Club so that he could build a community of people who can protect nature together by instilling awareness. He started a National Park movement to set aside land that cannot be developed, namely Yosemite National Park. He wrote books on many different ecosystems and even made scientific breakthroughs on some of his observations in addition to being eloquent. He protested and fought the San Francisco government to protect land in the Sierra Nevada from being dammed. His life is inseparable from his work because he embodied that same honesty, curiosity, and intensity that he wrote about.