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5th Annual John Muir Festival

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Date/Time
Date(s) - 05/31/2014
8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Location
Horseshoe Bend Recreation Area

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The John Muir Geotourism Center celebrates the 5th annual John Muir Festival, taking place Friday and Saturday, May 30 and 31, in Mariposa County along the original route Muir followed on his first journey to Yosemite Valley. This year’s event, themed, “Nature Hikes Heal Body & Soul: Stories from John Muir 1868 to Warrior Hike 2014,” will feature an exciting assortment of speakers and events designed to celebrate Muir’s legacy.

The event begins Friday at 5 p.m. when Muir’s great, great grandson, Robert Hanna, will share photos and family tidbits from the family’s archives. As part of the evening event, the town of Coulterville will be offering additional activities including a silent auction and wine tasting.

Saturday morning at 10 a.m. launches a day of exploring how hiking healed Muir and now heals combat veterans of recent wars.  Cindy Ross, acclaimed author/photographer and Triple Crown hiker (Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, and Continental Divide) will share tales from the trails and insights about the value and importance of sharing the natural world with your children.

Sean Gobin, founder of Warrior Hike will tell why “long-distance thru-hiking” is healing returning veterans from Afghanistan and Iraq.  He will lead a special Warrior Hike during the day.  Additional speakers will include Len McKenzie, long time Yosemite National Park Chief Naturalist and Audubon leader, offering a call for nature volunteers to help preserve the environment that Muir so loved and fought to protect.

Other activities will include a craft faire, nature walks along Muir’s 1869 route as described in “My First Summer in the Sierra,” live music, and activities for youth of all ages. For details of locations, times and activities visit: http://johnmuir.us/jmgc-events or call 209-878-3501, or email info@johnmuir.us.