The mountains are calling…

“The mountains are calling, and I must go.”

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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. 

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Muir was an avid advocate of conservation and helped preserve important wilderness areas including the Yosemite Valley and Sequoia National Park.

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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.

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“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.

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