1. All thanks to John Muir (1838-1914), who saved Yosemite from being turned into a dam. Have a look at: http://www.sierraclub.org/john_muir_exhibit/ , his writings & quotes and the great photos of Yosemite at the time.

    β€œEverybody needs beauty… places to play and pray in, where Nature may heal and cheer and give strength to body and soul alike,” Muir (c. 1902).

    • love stories like that. from wikipedia:

      Arriving in San Francisco in March 1868, Muir immediately left for a week-long visit to Yosemite, a place he had only read about. Seeing it for the first time, Marquis notes that “he was overwhelmed by the landscape, scrambling down steep cliff faces to get a closer look at the waterfalls, whooping and howling at the vistas, jumping tirelessly from flower to flower.” … “We are now in the mountains and they are in us, kindling enthusiasm, making every nerve quiver, filling every pore and cell of us,” Muir later wrote. . . . “No temple made with hands can compare with Yosemite… The grandest of all special temples of Nature.”

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