12 miles north of San Francisco lies a breathtaking cathedral of redwood trees, the Muir Woods, named after John Muir, the Scottish born Naturalist. Muir dedicated much of his life to the preservation of such stunning wilderness spots. In Muir’s own words; “Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.” Wandering amongst the serenity of these majestic trees one does indeed feel a sense of peace and connected with the simple beauty of nature.
The drive to Muir Woods from the city takes you over the Golden Gate Bridge dominating the skyline as it spans the entrance to San Francisco’s Bay. Always spectacular, especially on a day as beautiful as this.
The Golden Gate Bridge from the air.
John Muir (1838–1914) was an incredible advocate for wildlife preservation. His passion and enthusiasm encouraged many others, including presidents to preserve large nature areas. He founded The Sierra Club, now one of the most important conservation organizations in the United States. In 1890 he petitioned the U.S. Congress for the 1890 National Park bill that established Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks so it is small wonder that he is referred to by many as the ‘Father of the National Parks’.
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