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JOHN MUIR ON OUR NATIONAL PARKS
- Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity; and that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers, but as fountains of life. (Our National Parks, John Muir, 1901)
- The battle we have fought, and are still fighting for the forests is a part of the eternal conflict between right and wrong, and we cannot expect to see the end of it. ... So we must count on watching and striving for these trees, and should always be glad to find anything so surely good and noble to strive for." (Sierra Club Bulletin, John Muir, 1896)
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National Parks Poster from the Works
Progress Administration 1936-43
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, ARIZONA
A road trip thru the Southwest.
I have always wanted to travel through the Southwest to take in the many different types of scenery. Starting in Taos, NM and ending in Moab, UT, this was a "3900 miles in 10 days" trip.
Visiting historical sites and a volcano field in New Mexico, then travelling down old Route 66 to Flagstaff, we took in the Petrified Forest, Grand Canyon, then most of the National Parks throughout Utah including Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Arches, and Canyonlands.
The most notable thing on this trip was how the sunlight hits the formations throughout the day, it is never quite the same view from any viewpoint as the sun passes over. The colors of the formations made for some interesting pictures.
While I have always been fond of mountains and coastline, the Southwest definitely holds a new candle.