Naturalist John Muir didn’t have Patagonia waterproof Yulex gloves Amazon Primed to him. He did not have Gore-Tex or special wicking fabrics. His socks were probably wet the whole time.
These were my thoughts as I looked up from a cabin bunk on Day Three of a seven-night adventure cruise discovering the Alaska that inspired Muir to find “abounding beauty” in “all the cold darkness and glacial crushing.” Above me dripped my rubber pants and jacket; a row of socks and gloves drooped forlornly from the shower rod, the commingling smells somewhere between wet dog and bog mud.
John Muir went to Glacier Bay in southeast Alaska in 1879 to prove his theory that Yosemite’s mighty gorge had been created by the convergence of a similar system of glaciers.