Friday, September 15, 2006

John Muir the Great Traveler


Hanging Scroll - “John Muir Dropped His Wallet”


Located in the Bob Marshall Wilderness. The painting is in reference to the manner in which John Muir ‘dropped’ out of society to live in nature. Also pokes fun at the knowledge that although, John Muir most probably traveled through the area during his stint in what is now Glacier National Park (he is said to have had a great fondness for Avalanche Lake), it is likely that Bob Marshall never actually visited the region (Bob Marshall Wilderness) of Montana bearing his name (he was actually more famous for the time he spent in the Alaskan wilderness). - DN

4 comments:

JNix said...

Actually, I believe that Bob Marshall did visit the area which bears his name, from 1925 to 1929. While working in Montana, He did travel an average of 40 to 70 miles hiking in these areas.

danielnorth.com said...

John,
I have a book, somewhere... that says he never made it south of present day Glacier (in Montana); which I always thought was unfortunate, because the Bob is equally if not more amazing than Glacier. I'll look around for that book, though and get back with you. - DN

JNix said...

Sometimes hard to say since during the three year time period, Marshall worked at the Northern Rocky Mountain Forest Experiment Station in Montana. He was placed in charge of research relating to forest reproduction after a fire. However, in the first several months he assisted in one of the worst forest fires ever recorded in the Kaniksu National Forest(North Idaho). Later he must have visited sites for government purposes since he was successful in keeping planes out of an area now part of the Bob Marshall Wilderness. Another nearby airstrip- the Schaefer, was used by hunters and it became established with hunting levels maintained at levels reached in 1978.
I believe he must have roamed some of that area from Holland lake to the interior up to Glacier Park, but not much on east side if that is what you are refering too?

danielnorth.com said...

I had the east side of the divide in mind when I created the painting. - DN