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UnCruise: Alaska’s Inside Passage & San Juans Cruise!

image001April 20- May 4, 2019

Join John Muir (Lee Stetson) as he retraces his exciting  journeys to Southeast Alaska, sailing on the elegant Wilderness Discoverer  for 14 nights from Seattle to Juneau, highlighting Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. The S.S. Wilderness Discoverer carries only 76 happy guests, providing an intimate, friendly and comfortable exploration of Alaska.  She’s capable of nimble sailing into far reaches of the Alaskan wilderness, and is equipped with kayaks, paddle boards, skiffs and a portable activity launch platform for added explorations, providing for close up encounters with whales and wildlife, and has every agreeable amenity.  Mr. Muir has exciting NEW adventures to relate, and UnCruise’s talented expedition team will provide many educational presentations as well.

To find out more, and to book this special adventure:

University of the Pacific Homecoming Weekend


Virtual Reality anyone?

To celebrate, in part, their Homecoming Weekend this year, the University of the Pacific’s Media X program is bringing John Muir (Lee Stetson) to campus. Students in this program are developing skills in digital art and design, animation and visual effects, transmedia storytelling, social media etc., – and the old Tramp, John Muir, will be a subject of their creativity on the Stockton campus on October 21.

Muir and Weir Together at Last

Tom Weir, 1914 – 2006, astonishing mountaineer, author and broadcaster, was born a few days after Muir departed this good planet, and was as strong an advocate for the great outdoors in his native Scotland as Muir had been for the United States.

When chatting him up here as Muir, (pictured here,) a few days ago at Loch Lomond Shores, we exchanged our respective stories on avalanche ‘rides’ we had inadvertently taken long ago in the mountains.  His ride was far more eventful – go google or youtube him for details…. But we’d both agree “Whenever danger does attend your travels, thought is quicken, common cares are buried, and pictures of wild immortal beauty press themselves into your memory, saturate every part of your body, to dwell forever.”

High Ways to Scottish Heaven

Now in Kilsyth, Scotland, with much to relate of travels to date, jammed packed with good people met, and lovely landscapes sauntered.  But between poor internet connections and my extremely poor social media skills …. Dashing this off in the hopes maintaining a connection long enough ….Vista on our first day on the John Muir Way…out of Helensburgh toward Balloch and Loch Lomond National Parks Visitor Center.

First Grand Day on the John Muir Way


Some of the good folk launching off with us on the John Muir Way. These special children are standing with us on the platform at the beginning of the Way that has the Muir quote etched in it – “Whenever you pick out anything by itself, you find it hitched to everything else in the universe.” Great to be hitched to these people…

down trail,


Arrived! in Bonnie Scotland

A lovely Glasgow ramble, slowly wending our way to the John Muir Way.

Mojo Quells A Rumor.

Mojo admits to killing fellow mortals occasionally, should they trespass his domain, but here posts a vigorous denial of being the troublesome neighborhood noise maker.

Old Mountaineer

Ernie, struggling with age issues, takes a last look at his fellow mountaineers, and then turns home.

Grumpy Wood Woodpecker

Critter lurking in the woods, cleverly blending with it’s environment.

Loch Lomond Misty Trail Scotland - Photographer: Tony Webster

Heading for Loch Lomond!

Rain’s coming locally, giving the Conz and I an opportunity to enjoy some slogging about, preparing for the joys of Scotland’s John Muir Way.

Photo Courtesy: Tony Webster

Jack has heard we’re off to Scotland.

“My job skills, applied hereabouts only to slow humans and slimy cats, are rapidly deteriorating. I need sheep.”

National Parks Adventures

On the back porch with Paris; looking at MacGillivray Freeman’s companion book to their IMAX film – “National Parks Adventure”


A Lovely Day in Midpines

“How little note is taken of the deeds of Nature! What paper publishes her reports? …. Who publishes the sheet-music of the winds, or the written music of water written in river-lines? Who reports and works and ways of the clouds, those wondrous creations coming into being every day like freshly upheaved mountains?”

John Muir