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Chapter by Chapter Summary
Chapter One: Piney Point
Chapter Two: The Sketchbook
Chapter Three: Teardrop Island
Chapter Four: Through the Passage
Looking Back: America Outdoors in 1904
Discusses how people spent time outdoors in turn of the century America. Topics include:
- The ideal reasons for leaving bustling cities for outdoor summer vacations.
- The private summer camps that wealthy people owned and visited.
- How the idea of 'roughing it' in the woods differed from how people were actually living in their vacation homes, and the interior decor that contributed to the roughing it theme.
- Which elements of home life wealthy people brought with them while they were on vacation.
- A woman's typical summer wardrobe, which varied from outdoor outfits to evening clothing.
- The different memories and things people brought back with them to remind them of their outdoor vacation.
- How early environmentalists, such as John Muir, James and Sarah Philip, and Theodore Roosevelt, helped in preserving nature and animal species for future generations to enjoy.