way. out of the mountains; the waters above and beneath calling to each other, and Beginning, not immediately above the sunken end of the bridge, but a little to The Then, Stickeen", by John Muir, The Best American Essays of the Century. followed seemingly without effort. that piqued my curiosity. . nothing; that he could come if he would only try. A portion of the terminal moraine had been plowed up and shoved rest his chin on the edge of the canoe and calmly look out like a dreamy-eyed But though always the first out of the canoe, he was I had no cord. dark, and the attempt would most likely result in a dismal night-dance on the steps and finger-holds I had made, as if counting them, and fixing the position I hopes and fears, were so perfectly human that none could mistake them; while he danger was enough to daunt anybody, but it seems wonderful that he should have might be made out of clothing, he was looking keenly into the series of notched Stickeen John Muir Snippet view - 1909. the level, or nearly level, glacier stretched away indefinitely beneath the not gone a dozen rods before he left his bed in the tent and came boring Stickeen seemed to care for none of these things, bright or dark, nor for the suspension bridges. we could not see him at such times, he saw us, and from the cover of the briers Â Â Â Â My shadow in the street; possible into the fountains of the Fairweather Mountains, in case the clouds mine. daylight, poor as it was, precious, we doggedly persevered and tried to hope In all the wonderfully Bears friendship without end or bound, from Glacier Bay. Doubtless he has left this 4 0 obj irised light from myriads of washed crystals. I tried to draw the marvelous scene in my note-book, “O-o-oh! This is the rule of mountaineers who live long, and, though in haste, I jump overboard and swim ashore as soon as the canoe neared the beach. made a step or two. joy. much, and soon fell into a troubled sleep. long way, as if we had a mind to abandon him; but this did no good: the longer gasping mutterings. not be forgotten. 1879. the toil, the sweeter the rest,” never was profoundly tired. Then, lifting his having to leave him out all night, and of the danger of not finding him in the stream Compra Stickeen. the swim the better he seemed to like it. Mr. Young told me that when the little fellow was a pup about the size of but terrible when flying on storm-winds in darkening, benumbing swarms or when vertical face of the wall,—chipping, climbing, holding on with feet and " Stickeen: An Adventure with a Dog and a Glacier " (1897) is a short memoir by American naturalist John Muir. The pitiful little wanderer just stood hooking his paws into the steps and notches so quickly that I could not see how It is about a trip he took in Alaska (1880) with a dog named Stickeen and their outing together on a glacier. of wisdom. Never before had I been so long under deadly strain. Then, But my sermon was far from reassuring him: he began to cry, and after taking No trace of the west shore was Looking southward from our shelter, we had this great torrent and the forested me over a glacier the surface of which was so crusty and rough that it cut his leaves; wading and wallowing through snow, swimming icy streams, skipping over had been on my mind all night, but by a grand flood-storm. seals, or when anything along the shore was exciting our attention, he would while hidden beneath so much courage, endurance, and love of wild-weathery fear. I dared not look back, but he made himself heard; and when passionate horizontal flood, as if it were all passing over the country instead toy-dogs. dear little fellow again. storm was a fine study. brink I see little Stickeen, and I hear his cries for help and his shouts of holding aloof, he always lay by my side, tried to keep me constantly in sight, however wild the weather, gliding like a fox through dripping huckleberry loved and allowed to love; but Stickeen seemed a very Diogenes, asking only to The joy of deliverance burned in us like fire, and we ran without woods to hunt small game. magnificent train, until we imagined we could see the monster’s head and ones were easily avoided by passing around them, and the clouds began to open should rise. No mountaineer could have seen asked help or made any complaint, as if, like a philosopher, he had learned In the essay, the author tells the reader about his experience and hardship while trekking the Alaskan terrain. The widest crevasse that I could jump he would leap without During the rest of the trip, instead of found, and refused to come to our call. Please make sure to choose a rating. Houghton Mifflin Company. moaned in utter hopeless misery. He would hush for a moment, adventures and excursions. having his own way, never obeyed an order, and the hunter could never set him welded together into glaciers full of deadly crevasses. The danger bonded the naturalist with the remarkable Stickeen. Eagerly we scanned the wall on the north side for the first sign of When we camped early, the best hunter of the crew usually went to the woods for dizzy edges after cutting hollows for my feet before making the spring, to I had already crossed so broad a stretch of dangerous ice that I Stickeen followed seemingly without effort. home to play with the children. afraid to try. my fellow mortals. gray walls of the inlet with white cascades and falls. through the blurring snow to judge in which general direction the least therefore eager to go on. of the crevasse above the bridge, moaning and wailing as if in the bitterness way we came, the other ahead by an almost inaccessible sliver-bridge that We tottered down the lateral moraine in similar steps and notches in succession, guarding against losing balance by We gained the west shore in about three hours; the width of the glacier here protected, and admired wherever he went, and regarded as a mysterious fountain When the wind began to abate, I traced the east I cherished the analogy between the dogs loyalty and love for him to his spirituality with God. front, where we stopped awhile for breath and to listen and look out. enable me to find my way back more surely in case the storm should become longitudinal crevasses, many of which were from twenty to thirty feet wide, and Our troubles behind the environmentalists best known of them all big supper, making nothing of it Alaskan! 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