Saturday, August 6, 2011
The High Sierras
I have long been an admirer of John Muir. I have read nearly every book he wrote and am currently in the process of re-reading all of them. One of our favorite things to do is say something like, "I wonder what John Muir would have thought of this desert..." He was Scottish and you would probably not find anyone who is a greater contrast to your average environmentalist than Muir. He loved the outdoors and his concern for the "environment" came from love. He had no discernible selfish motivation to protect the wilderness, he just didn't like to see beautiful things die. He said, "God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, avalanches, and a thousand tempests and floods. But he cannot save them from fools." We went to Sequoia National Park, where we, as a nation, are trying to save these wonders of all wonders from fools. As usual you can click on the image to get a larger view.