“Wilderness is a necessity…There must be places for human beings to satisfy their souls.” – John Muir

IMG_1238View from the Devil’s Slide Trail in the San Jacinto Wilderness, Southern California

LBJ Signing Wilderness Act

On September 3, 1964 President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Wilderness Act. This historic bill established the National Wilderness Preservation System (NWPS) and set aside an initial 9.1 million acres of wildlands for the use and benefit of the American people. Over the past 50 years, and as a result of America’s support for wilderness, Congress has added over 100 million acres to this unique land preservation system. The 1964 Wilderness Act defines “Wilderness” as areas where the earth and its communities of life are left unchanged by people, where the primary forces of nature are in control, and where people themselves are visitors who do not remain. (http://www.wilderness50th.org/about.php?useraction=about-anniversary)

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“We are not fighting progress. We are making it. We are not dealing with a vanishing wilderness. We are working for a wilderness forever.”

Howard Zahniser – Father of the Wilderness Act

Where are you hiking this weekend?

If you’re looking for me, I’m over the hill.

B&W 5 Day Photo Challenge – Rock Wall

1-DSC_3762B&W Photo 5 Day Challenge – Day 5!

I’ve saved one of my favorite pictures for my final day of the B&W Photo 5 Day Challenge.

This was taken at Santa Teresa County Park in San Jose, California.  This is a pretty historic trail.  The Stile Ranch Trail is part of two larger trail systems.  This trail is part of the Bay Area Ridge Trail and part of the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail.  So, for you hikers out there, you can check off a County, Regional, and National Trail when you hike.  I don’t have a check list.  I just am thankful that many years ago, several groups fought hard to keep this part of California open for future generations – like me – to enjoy the outdoors.

I hope you have enjoyed my entries in the Black and White 5 Day Photo Challenge.  Once again, thanks to my fellow outdoor/photography blogger “Creakingbones”  I highly recommend that you visit his site for some wonderful photographs from the land down under.

If you’re looking for me, I’m over the hill.