🙂 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 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. 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. He is today referred to as the “Father of the National Parks,” 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! 🙂
*** HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JOHN!*** And thank you! 🙂