John Muir National Historic Site: Happy Earth Day!


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John Muir published 300 articles and 12 books in his lifetime

“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” –John Muir


Happy Earth Day and happy 181st birthday to John Muir, father of the National Parks! My very first post on this blog back in February of 2018 was about the John Muir National  Historic Site and you can see it by clicking here.


I wan’t sure how much space photos would use back then, so I only included four in that first post. I didn’t take many because on the day we visited there was an oppressive heat wave, but I’ve included more in this special Earth Day post.

This sequoia tree, now about 120 years old, was planted by John Muir himself when he lived here on the fruit ranch in Martinez, California.

Location: 4202 Alhambra Avenue, Martinez, California

Designation: National Historic Site

Date designated or established: 8/31/1964

Date of my visit: September 2017

The ornate decor in the 17-room Italianate mansion is attributed to Muir’s wife and father-in-law
There are still olive trees and fruit orchards on the grounds of the National Historic Site

3 thoughts on “John Muir National Historic Site: Happy Earth Day!

    1. I would love to go back when it’s not wildfire season…maybe October-Dec. That’s why it was so hot when we were there…wildfires from Oregon sent smoke down into the bay area which kept the fog from doing its thing. The result was terrible air quality and heat which made it difficult to enjoy the grounds…there is a lot more to this park than what I’ve posted.

      1. We had a similar thing happen with Sequoia National Park last year. We were going to go but when those terrible fires broke out, the air quality got really bad so we decided against it.

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