A Wild Idea

National Park Service Centennial
August 25, 2016
#FindYourPark

image
Photo credit @PDPhoto

August 25, 2016 marks the U.S. National Park Service Centennial. The National Park System manages 407 national parks and continuously promotes good stewardship for the wild spaces we have come to love. These parks have been set aside for future generations to enjoy and we as Americans are stake holders in the continued efforts to preserve and protect them. Here is my tribute to Yosemite National Park and to two of the men who were dedicated to her preservation. #FindYourPark and National Park Service

image

A Wild Idea

Dear John,
No words can convey the hidden spirit of the wilderness and I confess that your vivid prose had not prepared me for the beauty of this wild place, a natural cathedral far grander than anything built by the hand of man*. I stood at the base of a 3000 year old sequoia and in its presence I could not envision a more commendable legacy than to preserve these giants.

As you say, the air is delicious here* and I have tasted deeply. Each exhalation brings me deeper peace, a commodity in short supply on Capital Hill. Today I was blessed with a symphony of nature’s songs. It seems an echo of your fierce loyalty lingers here.

You and I are not at odds over our natural resources and I embrace your vision for preservation. It is indeed a wild idea. We will walk softly for I fear men with less vision will seek to derail our plans. Our nation has been blessed with an abundance of natural resources but they do not belong to any one generation. I will expand the protection of our national parks and Yosemite will remain an unspoiled crown jewel.
Kindness regards,
Teddy

President Theodore Roosevelt and John Muir riding horses along a road in Yosemite Valley, with Half Dome in the distance, accompanied by Park Rangers Archie Leonard and Charles Leidig, followed by unidentified man on foot; left to right, Leonard, Muir, Roosevelt, Leidig.

President Theodore Roosevelt and John Muir riding horses along a road in Yosemite Valley, with Half Dome in the distance, accompanied by Park Rangers Archie Leonard and Charles Leidig, followed by unidentified man on foot; left to right, Leonard, Muir, Roosevelt, Leidig.

image

*I have used bits and pieces of phrases and quotes attributed to these great leaders within my fictional postcard.
The photos of John Muir and Theodore Roosevelt can be found at http://www.nps.com and may be copyright protected.

John Muir and President Theodore Roosevelt met to explore Yosemite in 1903 and both men worked together to extend the borders and protections of this wild place.

14 thoughts on “A Wild Idea

  1. Wonderful story, congrats on the win.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Once again, how exciting! On our road trip back from Denver in August, my husband and I listened to an NPR article about John Muir. The passages from his diary were read by a Scotsman. The accent really made his words come alive. Congrats, Alicia

    Like

  3. Outstanding piece, Doc. I really enjoyed watching Ken Burns’ documentary on our National Parks. What a treasure they are. Thank God for men like John Muir and Teddy Roosevelt.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Those trees are indeed a treasure and it’s humbling to start next to those gaints that have stood patiently over generations.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Well deserved winning story, Tracey! Where would we be if it wasn’t for these two men? I know it’s still a constant challenge to preserve our parks and they are always in jeopardy. Great job!

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s