Park Number: 7/59
First Visited: October 8, 2010
What prose can possibly still elucidate Yosemite that hasn’t already come from the quills of John Muir, Theodore Roosevelt, Ansel Adams, and all other early defenders of this park. Yosemite is paramount in the national park experiment, probably being the most important park in the system, because it continually acts of the forbearer of congressional legislation, such as the 1864 Yosemite Grant signed by Abraham Lincoln, the mishaps with James Hutchings, the controversy over Hetch Hetchy. Yosemite sets precedence, plain and simple. And with California in perpetual drought, climate change on the rise, and air pollution abysmal, I predict that we will once again be looking to the Sierras as a guide to how future environmental problems are handled.