John Muir said, “Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” Isn’t that the spirit we all share and the condition in which we wish to experience it?
Over Valentine’s Day weekend, a powerful film was released to several museums with IMAX theaters across the country called, National Parks Adventure. It is an immersive experience into many of our National Parks so passionately crafted as to offer a taste of the spirit cleansing John Muir spoke of. It leaves the viewer feeling inspired to take action on intentions to engage with nature and to experience these phenomenal and diverse places our country has to offer.
The story of our national parks is a true testament to the power of nature to heal, to cleanse, to inspire, to awe people of all ages, ethnicities, social classes… truly everyone, everywhere.
John Muir was awed by the beauty of the Yosemite Valley and other areas now protected as national parks. He worked to prevent these places from being destroyed by industry and other forms of so-called progress. His work eventually caught the attention of President Theodore Roosevelt, who came to camp with him in the Yosemite Valley. The two spent several days camping and engaging with one another and the beauty which surrounded them. From that camping trip, the groundwork for what would become our national parks system was born.
This year, as we celebrate the centennial of our national parks, make it a point to take some advice from the great John Muir, “Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.”
We hope some of the time you spend close to nature’s heart will be with us here at Hickory Hills Camp Resort.
For more information on National Parks Adventure and for theater listings, click here.