“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.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Half and Half

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Half and Half.”

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When I read this week’s photo challenge, I knew almost immediately what photo I could use.

This is a picture of Lily Rock that I took from the Devil’s Slide Trail.  I could hear climbers yelling, “belay” and, “you’ve got it!”  However, I couldn’t see them.

You can get this picture on the Devil’s Slide Trail a few hundred feet above Humber Park.

A great hike up to the US Forest Service lookout on Tahquitz Peak starts here.  My “Half and Half” entry was taken on the way down the trail….all the while, my knees were screaming at me, “Get to the car, we’re beat!”

Where are you taking your camera this weekend?

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