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Heck, some of you think roughing it is not having the latest version of the iPhone. Which brings me to the actual definition.


Rough as an adjective means 1. What we see as a hardship, for millions of people, that is a luxury — just saying.

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When you are on one of our trips, you camp, you carry ALL the gear tent, sleeping bags, etc — no porters or animals , you sleep on the ground and most of the time, there is no running water and toilets. You get to experience nature in ways no one else can.

No people, no development, no litter, no social media. Hopefully you all realize John Muir was not named after the trail and that he actually forged it.

There is so much natural world out there that you cannot see from your car window, and when you finally get off your butt to see it, you will never want to share it with anyone else. I love a week at a 5 star resort, great cuisine, Broadway shows and art museums.

But JRI is not a huge fan of the Kardashian wanna-bees. Toilets are a newer invention in the whole timeline of human existence.

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Your ancestors squatted behind bushes — trust me. And, well, rain has been around much longer.

We prefer to have fun expecting the unexpected than actually knowing a week in advance that we will be eaten by a Grizzly Bear. Being off the grid, even if just for a few hours is good for you mentally and physically.

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Accompanying his brother on what becomes a trip of a lifetime, the young Samuel Clemens finds himself in many different vocational roles as he explores and observes the magnificence of the American West. Not refraining from the usual social commentary, Twain directs criticism on various social and moral issues which he approaches through his sly and witty style. Presented in a first person narration, Roughing It serves as an instrument allowing a momentary escape from modern society and the chance to experience the true nature of the Wild West, with images of mining, gold prospecting, and the grandeur of untouched wilderness.

The novel begins with the young narrator travelling to Nevada to assist his brother Orion Clemens, who has been appointed to a government position, and is required to move west.

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Consequently, the narrator sets out on a stagecoach journey west, while depicting a time absent of modern luxuries and colorfully illustrates the rough course of travel in a frontier territory. The vagrant and enthusiastic young man frequently jaunts off in search of adventure and excitement which bring about many mishaps. In addition, the narrator meets many diverse characters during his journey including miners, pioneers, Mormons, and Native Americans, of whom none are spared from his satirical depiction and classification.

Structured in episodic stories, Twain brilliantly recounts stories from his daily travels with a generous supply of humor, anecdotes, tall tales and imagery. One of the highlights of the book is the evocative and vivid descriptive language Twain uses to animate the beauty of the American frontier in the 19th century. The travelogue not only provides entertainment with its humorous episodic adventures and exaggerated circumstances, but it also delivers an original historical insight with its use of allusions and first-hand experiences documented by the author.