Finding Everett Ruess by David Roberts describes the life and the disappearance of the young wilderness explorer of the Southwest and Western United States. In the 1930’s Everett Ruess, as a young teenager traveled throughout California and the Southwest for five years with the longest travel being at ten months. He vanished without a trace in November of 1934, but with his journals and diaries, David Roberts has been able to reconstruct these journeys of Ruess, who was in addition to being an explorer, was also an artist and a writer.
Ruess was an idealist but a loner who went through mood swings during his journeys. One of his quotes from the back dust jacket is a testament of his life:
“I have not tired of the wilderness; rather I enjoy its beauty and the vagrant life I lead, more keenly all the time. I prefer the saddle to the street car and the star sprinkled sky to a roof, the obscure and difficult trail, leading into the unknown, to any paved highway, and the deep peace of the wild to the discontent bred by cities…
Say that I starved; that I was lost and weary;
That I was burned and blinded by the desert sun;
Footsore, thirsty, sick with strange diseases;
Lonely and wet and cold…but that I kept my dream!
I will add more quotes and more detail descriptions of his life in a later post.
Here is a video about Everett Ruess for your viewing: