“The mountains are calling, and I must go.”
While visiting Shenandoah National Park, I saw a bumper sticker with the famous quote, “the mountains are calling, and I must go.” It comes from writer, mountaineer and preservation bad ass, John Muir, who first penned the words in a letter to his sister Sarah.
Muir was an avid advocate of conservation and helped preserve important wilderness areas including the Yosemite Valley and Sequoia National Park.
While hiking portions of the Appalachian Trail, I was grateful to naturalists like Muir. Without their work, many of the national parks we love wouldn’t be here today.
“I am hopelessly and forever a mountaineer…
Civilization and fever and all the morbidness that has been hooted at me has not dimmed my glacial eye, and I care to live only to entice people to look at Nature’s loveliness.” -John Muir.