December 20, 2012 § 2 Comments

“We need wilderness whether or not we ever set foot in it. We need a refuge even though we may never need to go there…. We need the possibility of escape as surely as we need hope.” – Edward Abbey


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Kings Canyon National Park

Kings Canyon National Park

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“Wilderness is a necessity … They will see what I meant in time. There must be places for human beings to satisfy their souls. Food and drink is not all. There is the spiritual. In some it is only a germ, of course, but the germ will grow.” – John Muir, conservationist and founder, The Sierra Club

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View from Moro Rock King's Canyon

View from Moro Rock King’s Canyon

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“Without wilderness, we will eventually lose the capacity to understand America. Our drive, our ruggedness, our unquenchable optimism and zeal and elan go back to the challenges of the untrammeled wilderness. Britain won its wars on the playing fields of Eton. America developed its mettle at the muddy gaps of the Cumberlands, in the swift rapids of its rivers, on the limitless reaches of its western plains, in the silent vastness of primeval forests, and in the blizzard-ridden passes of the Rockies and Coast ranges. If we lose wilderness, we lose forever the knowledge of what the world was and what it might, with understanding and loving husbandry, yet become. These are islands in time — with nothing to date them on the calendar of mankind. In these areas it is as though a person were looking backward into the ages and forward untold years. Here are bits of eternity, which have a preciousness beyond all accounting.” – Harvey Broome, co-founder, The Wilderness Society

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Kings Canyon's glaciated valleys with avalanche chutes

Kings Canyon’s glaciated valleys with avalanche chutes

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“Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit.” – Edward Abbey

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Zumwalt Meadow in Kings Canyon National

Zumwalt Meadow in Kings Canyon National Park

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“In any case, perhaps the quest for data to support our actions gets overemphasized. After all, our emotions distinguish us. Art and poetry and music are from and to the human heart, as is, for many, our relationship with the land.’ – Randy Morgenson

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§ 2 Responses to Wilderness.

  • Some more memories there from Kings Canyon!

  • southwestdesertlover says:

    Hi Chrissie, isn’t that an incredibly amazing place? It’s one of the most inspiring mountain locations I’v ever been to and is definitely a cathedral of nature in my mind. Great big virtual hugs to you and your family and kisses on the chops to Dixie!

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