|Above, the Eastern Sierras along Tioga Pass in Yosemite National Park. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
The start of the formation of the national park service began over 100 years ago when a president of the United States camped out with a well-known conservationist.
Picture the US president camping under the stars, huddled in blankets, sitting around a fire as a naturalist waxes poetic, explaining that Americans need the wilderness to retain their wonder and humility. But imagine this scene in black and white, or in sepia tone, because it happened long ago.
In 1903, Theodore Roosevelt camped in the Sierra Nevada mountains with John Muir—father of the US National Park Service. “He met me with a couple of pack mules, as well as with riding mules for himself and myself, and a first-class packer and cook, and I spent a delightful three days and two nights with him,” Roosevelt recalled.Sounds like Roosevelt had a bully of a good time with Muir.
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