David Brown was a 19th Century adventurer in California

Have been spending a little time here and there reading John Muir’s autobiography about his travels through the Sierra Mountains.  He spends a few pages talking about David Brown, who was a locally famous adventurer.  I was intrigued by this because there is something about the 19th century explorers who intrigue me; I can smell the pine, hear the men panning for gold in the creeks, and feel the sun on my face — all are wonderful thoughts, although in reality it must have been a hard, dirty life…  Anyway, Brown lived in his small cabin, but would hike to the highest peaks to admire the view, then climb down into the valleys to seek gold, and becamse famous for his hunting of the Brown Bear… PERSONAL COMMENTARY:  I just don’t get hunting in the modern age – all life has value, so killing a creature for “sport” then snapping a photo of the poor dead creature is something I will never get (of course, it easy for me to say this, not being raised in a hunting community or family).   What a crazy world we live in, with all these creatures killing each other all the time. 

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David Brown was a 19th Century adventurer in California

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