Having been born and raised in the area I’ve always been keen on the idea of retracing John Muir’s original route into Yosemite but always get lost in the Greeley Hill-Coulterville area where his route becomes more cross country. For Donna and Peter Thomas though the dream is now a reality as the Santa Cruz California couple have retraced Muirs original walk from San Francisco and into Yosemite Valley.
ScrippsNews: “Donna and Peter Thomas, a husband-and-wife team of artists who spend most of their time producing hand-bound fine-press books, have rewalked a long-forgotten trail from San Francisco to Yosemite that Muir took, also mostly on foot, for his first Sierra visit in 1868. The couple spent two days last week on the last — and certainly most spectacular — segment of the trail into the valley, the culmination of a guidebook they’re writing to help others follow Muir’s footsteps.
Eventually, they’d like to see directional signs and even overnight accommodations along the 300-mile route they are calling ‘John Muir’s trans-California ramble’ — as reminders of the continuing power of Muir’s legacy and his infectious love of Northern California’s outdoors.
‘In 20 years, hundreds of people could be doing at least parts of this trip, maybe thousands,’ Peter Thomas, 53, said as he and his wife walked the last portion with a San Francisco Chronicle reporter and photographer.”