Today is John Muir Day

🙂 Today is John Muir Day (and his birthday). Me being a “tree-hugger” sort, he is one of my heroes! For those of you who don’t know about John Muir, here are a few facts about him, borrowed from Wikipedia:

*He was a Scottish-born American naturalist, author, and early advocate of preservation of wilderness in the United States.

* His activism helped to save the Yosemite Valley, Sequoia National Park and other wilderness areas.

* He founded the Sierra Club.

*One of the most well-known hiking trails in the U.S., the 211-mile (340 km) John Muir Trail, was named in his honor.[2] Other places named in his honor are Muir Woods National Monument, Muir Valley in Red River Gorge Kentucky, Muir Beach, John Muir College, Camp Muir and Muir Glacier.

*In his later life, Muir devoted most of his time to the preservation of the Western forests. He petitioned the U.S. Congress for the National Park Bill that was passed in 1899, establishing both Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks. Because of the spiritual quality and enthusiasm toward nature expressed in his writings, he was able to inspire readers, including presidents and congressmen, to take action to help preserve large nature areas.[3] He is today referred to as the “Father of the National Parks,”[4] and the National Park Service produced a short documentary on his life.

There are tons more interesting facts about him, and if you’ve never read any of his writings, then you are missing out! For anyone who loves nature, the environment and wants to help preserve this marvelous planet of ours, I recommend getting to know Mr. Muir in your spare time. I think you’ll find it worth it! 🙂

Borrowed from Wikipedia

*** HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JOHN!*** And thank you! 🙂

John Muir Trail (image borrowed from Wikipedia)

Old-growth redwoods at Muir Woods National Monument (image borrowed from Wikipedia)

Muir Beach, CA (image borrowed from Wikipedia)

Muir Valley, Red River Gorge, KY (image borrowed from Flickr.com)

Muir Glacier (image borrowed from Wikipedia)

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About dragonkatet

Regarding the blog name, Dragon’s Dreams ~ The name comes from my love-affairs with both Dragons and Dreams (capital Ds). It’s another extension of who I am, a facet for expression; a place and way to reach other like-minded, creative individuals. I post poetry and images that fascinate or move me, because that’s my favorite way to view the world. I post about things important to me and the world in which we live, try to champion extra important political, societal and environmental issues, etc. Sometimes I wax philosophical, because it’s also a place where I always seem to learn about myself, too, by interacting with some of the brightest minds, souls and hearts out there. It’s all about ‘connection(s)’ and I don’t mean “net-working” with people for personal gain, but rather, the expansion of the 4 L’s: Light, Love, Laughter, Learning.
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12 Responses to Today is John Muir Day

  1. Jingle says:

    Happy Birthday, John.
    🙂

  2. eebrinker says:

    thank you …. not as well-known a name for our history, and should-be.

    • dragonkatet says:

      Thanks for coming by, E. Yes, I figured everyone would be doing blogs about Earth Day (also important) but I wanted to recognize someone whose actions have already made such a difference. In CA, teachers are encouraged to teach the kids about him on April 21st. It’s a shame he is not as well-known as he should be.

  3. Thanks for this! Happy Birthday John, from another John and an admirer. I mentioned John Muir to one of my 20-something employees today after reading this post, and he didn’t know who John Muir was. I’m fixing that. 🙂

  4. Gary says:

    I am in awe of the legacy of John Muir. It is though, not nearly a large as it should be!
    The roots of my childhood are a bit entwined within the territories where John Muir had walked. Living as close to the Yosemite National Park as I have, it always placed me within easy reach of those trails he made famous. I only wish I had been able to spend more time exploring the wilderness as much as he had done.

    Thank you for this wonderful post!

    • dragonkatet says:

      I was thinking about you when I posted this, Gary. I remembered what you said about being so close to Yosemite and I figured you would know the name well. I visited Muir Woods when I was 9 years old and it was awe inspiring, for sure! I know what you mean about wishing to have more time to explore the beautiful wilderness in our country! Thanks for stopping by. Always a pleasure. 🙂

  5. Jamie Dedes says:

    I love, love, love John Muir. What an absolutely fabulous homage. Hands clapping and big smile here. Hugs!

  6. Bodhirose says:

    Great tribute to an incredible human being. Love the photos that accompanied your piece–just awesome.

    • dragonkatet says:

      🙂 Thanks, Bodhi! Yes, he was an amazing man. They don’t make them like that, much, anymore. I probably should have delved deeper for some better pictures (mostly just used the ones from Wikipedia) but I’m really glad you liked them!

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