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Walking in the footsteps of John Muir

By Louis Sahagun

Gale-force winds were whipping whitecaps and spray across Mono Lake when Robert Hanna spotted a distant hiker.

It was a crummy day to chat up a stranger in a state park, but Hanna was upbeat, as usual.

He stepped hurriedly along a trail to introduce himself. “Hello there!” Hanna said, flashing a toothy smile. “Do you know that California wants to shut this place down? Would you like to sign our petition to keep it open?”

“Yeah, I guess so,” the man said.

“Wow! That’s great,” Hanna said, reaching to shake his hand. “Every signature counts.”

The hiker signed and traipsed off, not realizing he’d just shaken hands with the great-great-grandson of John Muir.

Less than a year ago, Hanna was leading a fairly ordinary life as a corporate manager with a wife and two children. Not even his closest friends knew of his relationship with the man who founded the Sierra Club and helped establish Yosemite and Sequoia national parks.

Then, in May, Hanna was laid off as a sales director for Securities National Finance Corp.

He took stock of his options, obligations and dreams.

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1 Comment

  1. January 16, 2012, 6:27 am

    It's great to see this short video done specifically by the the great, great Grandson of John Muir himself.
    I live in Dunbar, in Scotland. The place where John Muir was born. Every two years we take a group of our senior school students to Yosemite national park on a trip we call "Walking in John Muir's footsteps" and it is a real highlight of their school lives. We are coming again this June/July, but we are shocked to hear California may not want to protect the area into the future.

    By: dougla

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