If you live in (or love) the Western United States, you’ve probably heard of John Muir. Muir was a 19th century Scottish-American naturalist, author, and wanderer who traveled widely through the West, especially California’s Sierra Nevada mountains.
His long-distance journeys (often on foot!) gave him an intimate look at the beauty of the American wilds–and the threats they faced from logging and over-development. Muir’s heartfelt letters, essays and books helped educate the public about land conservation at a time when the world seemed big, and resources unlimited. He founded the Sierra Club, and pushed for changes that led the founding of our National Parks.
Today was John Muir’s birthday (born: April 21, 1838).
To pay tribute to his important legacy, I’ve paired my favorite John Muir quotes with photos I took in some of his favorite places: Sequoia, Kings Canyon, and Yosemite National Parks. [I took these photos on a long weekend National Park hopping trip. For the full 3-day itinerary, check out: The Majestic Mountain Loop Roadtrip]
I hope you are as inspired by these words and places as I am!
John Muir quotes on nature and conservation:
On protecting our forests from human impact: