A view of the sun setting at Yosemite National Park’s Glacier Point after a rather rainy day of hiking around in the Mariposa Grove. I find that a day spent in the rainy wilderness beats a crystal clear day spent inside. Still, I was elated to see the rain clouds part as my wife and I reached the cliff’s edge at Glacier Point and the landscape of Yosemite Valley was revealed to us. Out of all the places I have been, this is one of those spots that sticks with me and I long to return and explore more thoroughly. This was the first national park my wife and I ever visited together and as such it holds a lot of sentimental feelings.
Yosemite’s rugged granite walls and gorgeous waterfalls capture nature’s serene, raw beauty in a way few other landscapes are able to do. It isn’t that places like this do not exist elsewhere, but rather it’s the amount of beauty in such a relatively small valley that leaves one speechless. It combines all this beauty into every square inch of the stunning valley. This is the landscape that sparked an idea. The idea that lands should be set aside in their natural state for all people and future generations to enjoy. John Muir fought hard for this idea and in his own words these places are a necessity for humanity. Muir said, “Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity.” I would imagine that these words are more true today then they were during Muir’s lifetime. They are for me.