Rocky Mountain Naturalist

  • Enos Mills on Cricket with Scotch

    from Radiant Days
  -Go out into the wilderness and meet yourself," advised Enos Mills, called the father of Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park. "If any normal person under 50 cannot enjoy being in a storm in the wilds, he ought to reform at once." Radiant Days: Writings by Enos Mills contains the work of this naturalist and activist who routinely outsold contemporaries John Muir and John Burroughs during the early part of this century. Fourteen-year-old Mills left his parents' Kansas home in 1884 to settle near Longs Peak, now protected by the national park. Five years later, Mills met Muir, who urged him to write about his wilderness experiences, and soon Mills was publishing in national magazines such as Harper's and Saturday Evening Post. Much of the material for his quick-paced, sometimes humorous, essays came from his 300 treks up 14,255-feet Longs Peak, 40 times solo. Radiant Days features 19 essays that range from the history of a 1,000-year-old pine tree to tracking and being tracked by a grizzly bear. Edited by John Dotson, Radiant Days includes a brief foreword by writer Bill McKibben.


University of Utah Press, Salt Lake City. 1994. $15.95, paperback. 248 pages.