In approximately seventy days I along with thirteen other fortunate souls will travel to the remote reaches of northwestern Idaho to see and experience things as John Muir intended them to be. As part of the Hell Hike and Raft crew I can't wait to be a part of the untamed wilderness.
As a follower and student of John Muir's works, I have spent the past weeks wondering about him, those that influenced him and those he influenced and the work that they collectively accomplished to ensure that our country's best idea not only came to fruition but also endured for generations to come. We all are better because of Mr. Muir's works and ideas.
Today, I wonder about the literary genius of both Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson. I think about the power of their words and how they so strongly influenced Muir.
As enthusiasts of the outdoors, I strongly believe that we all have a little Muir in us. Also, I know that just as Mather, Roosevelt and others like Ansel Adams were influenced to protect the wilderness we too have a role to play to keep the wild, wild and nature protected for ourselves and for our children. This I know is a personal conviction of mine. I hope that is others as well so that we can all continue to enjoy the beauty around us. Muir created the Sierra Club to protect what he loved. I too, give of my time and work with my local Sierra Club group to help do the same locally. I urge all outdoor enthusiasts to do the same and play a role as Muir did to not only enjoy what we have but help protect it. Do it in your own way.
I know without John Muir, some of my experiences may have not been possible.
For that I say... Thank You John Muir.
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