IAT Pays Tribute to Conservationist John Muir

On September 16, a small delegation from the IAT traveled to Dunbar, Scotland in advance of the 2013 AGM to pay tribute to Scottish American conservationist John Muir.  Led by John Muir Birthplace Trust Chairman John Thomas, the group toured the Birthplace Museum, walked a section of the nearby John Muir Way, and visited Siccar Point, made famous by pioneering Scottish geologist James Hutton in the late 18th century.

(L-R) IAT Founder Richard Anderson, John Muir Birthplace Museum Chairman John Thomas, IAT Maine President Don Hudson, Phine Ewing, Annie Wentzell, Barbara Bentley, Will Richard, and IAT Chairperson Paul Wylezol

The Birthplace was home to Muir as a boy before his family emigrated to the United States in 1849, where he matured into an inventor, naturalist, author, and father of America conservation.  He is best known for his role in the creation of Yosemite National Park and as the founder of the Sierra Club.

Display at the John Muir Birthplace Museum

From the Birthplace Museum the group walked to Dunbar Harbour and Castle on the John Muir Way,

 

 

before stopping at The Volunteer Arms restaurant for a delicious seafood lunch.

 

There they were joined by John Muir Way Guidebook author and walker Robert Russell and drove to Barns Nest Lighthouse to stroll another section of the trail along Scotland's east coast

 

 

before heading to the scenic and geologically renowned Siccar Point.

 

In 1788, the point gave James Hutton final proof of his revolutionary claim that the Earth is much older than described in the Bible.  He based his claim on painstaking observation of rocks and soil over a period of 30 years.

 

 (L-R) Robert Russell and John Thomas near Siccar Point

 

Many thanks to John Thomas and Robert Russell for a great tour of the John Muir Birthplace, John Muir Way, and Siccar Point.  It was a great prelude to the 2013 IAT AGM at Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park in Balloch, Sept 18 - 20.

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