We owe a big thank you to John Muir. He was born on this day in 1838 and during the course of his life he grew to love and appreciate many of the places we take for granted as national parks. For example, if it wasn’t for John Muir, it’s hard to imagine what Yosemite would look like today. Yes, Yosemite Valley would still be a beautiful setting, but would it be packed with resorts, shops and a golf course? In other words, would Yosemite be Sedona?
Many have followed in Muir’s footsteps and continue his work to preserve some of the world’s most important natural places. There is still plenty to be done. For this particular day, it’s a time to remember his perseverance and dedication. John Muir is the epitome of the good that can happen when one dedicated individual sets his or her mind to making the world a better place for us all.