Our new t-shirts are in. Inspired by a letter (paraphrased below) John Muir sent his sister Sarah in 1873 from the Yosemite Valley.
Dear Sister Sarah:
I have just returned from the longest and hardest trip I have ever made in the mountains, having been gone over five weeks. I am weary, but resting fast; sleepy, but sleeping deep and fast; hungry, but eating much. For two weeks I explored the glaciers of the summits east of here, sleeping among the snowy mountains without blankets and with but little to eat on account of its being so inaccessible. After my icy experiences it seems strange to be down here in so warm and flowery a climate.
I will soon be off again, . . . .
. . . . The mountains are calling and I must go, . . . .
Farewell, with love everlasting
John Muir (1838 –1914) was a Scottish-American naturalist, author, and early advocate of preservation of wilderness in the United States. His letters, essays, and books telling of his adventures in nature, especially in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California, have been read by millions. His activism helped to preserve the Yosemite Valley, Sequoia National Park and other wilderness areas. He was the founder of the Sierra Club and also actively lobbed for the establishment of the National Park System.