Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Midday Muse: John Muir

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.”  John Muir.

It has been a year since I was inspired by Ken Burns's PBS series "The National Parks:  America's Best Idea".  The series renewed my longing to see the parks.  Last year I was lucky enough to visit four of the parks; Grand Teton, Yellowstone, Everglades and Biscayne National Parks.  Each very unique, beautiful, and awe inspiring.  This year I hope to get to a few more.  Glacier and Acadia National Parks are high on my list.

I dedicate this Midday Muse to John Muir the father of the National Parks and one of the founders of the Sierra Club.  Without his vision and determination these gems might have been lost or spoiled.  The over commercialism of Niagara Falls is a good example of what happened to a natural wonder without the protection of our National Park Service.

Please share your National Park experiences and wonders.

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