“The Clearest way into the Universe is through a Forest Wilderness”- John Muir

DSCN1370John Muir immigrated to the USA from Scotland and became perhaps the foremost American environmentalist. He was the founder of both the Sierra Club and the National Audubon Society and one of the early advocates for preservation of wilderness in our beautiful country.

Just north of San Francisco is the John Muir National Monument; dedicated to his role as the founder of the American National Park system.DSCN2037

Many people take a tour bus to get to this breath taking park; but if you drive, be prepared for tight turns alongside sheer drops, no guard rails, steep climbs and falls, and California drivers who appear to be oblivious to the danger that flat landers see at every turn. Growing up in Florida where the highest point is where  I-10 is over passed by US-27; I find these drives to be tense to say the least.

The drive is worth it! Although the driver will see nothing except the yellow center and white side line painted on the road ahead; the passenger, in this case Karen; will be constantly  chattering about the fantastic view around each hairpin curve. Views of the Pacific, of the Bay and of the mountains must remain “articles of faith” to the driver; he dare not take eyes off the road.DSCN1381There are several walking and hiking trails through the park the most popular is a three mile loop. Trails for the more active hikers are plentiful. Smooth walking on the  boardwalk is also protective to the park.DSCN2032There areDSCN1374 lots of Kodak moment places to snap a photo or selfie.  DSCN1392DSCN1376Park ranger talks  and informative signage are very well done.

If you drive there expect to walk a mile or so for parking unless you get there early; the park is very popular!

In 1945 the delegates to the San Francisco conference that laid the cornerstone for the United Nations met in this park to honor Franklin Roosevelt.

DSCN1383 There is also what appears to be a “bridge to nowhere”DSCN1386 I call it the Sarah Palin Bridge!

22 thoughts on ““The Clearest way into the Universe is through a Forest Wilderness”- John Muir”

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