Leave it as it is

One of many memorable quotes in the amazing PBS series, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea.

“In the Grand Canyon, Arizona has a natural wonder which is in kind absolutely unparalleled throughout the rest of the world. I want to ask you to keep this great wonder of nature as it now is. … Leave it as it is. You cannot improve on it. The ages have been at work on it, and man can only mar it.”

– Theodore Roosevelt

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And another quote from the founder of the Sierra Club, a man who devoted much of his life to the establishment of Yosemite National Park:

“Another glorious Sierra day in which one seems to be dissolved and absorbed and sent pulsing onward we know not where. Life seems neither long nor short, and we take no more heed to save time or make haste than do the trees and stars. This is true freedom, a good practical sort of immortality.”

– John Muir

We haven’t visited Yosemite yet, so I have no photos to show. A situation that must be rectified.

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