|Vernal Falls near the beginning of the JMT|
Deciding where to go backpacking depends on a few factors, one of which is how much time you have. I would be thru-hiking the 2,663 mile PCT if time allowed, but that will come later in life. Since two weeks is about as long as I can be away right now, I wanted to find a good fit. I could just go back and continue where I left off on my PTC-A hike, but for some reason that didn't inspire me. Perhaps the "Range of Light"...
|John Muir in 1907|
John Muir, who left this world nearly 100 years ago, was a prophet among men. Nature was his religion, and he dedicated his life to studying and protecting it, and spreading natures gospel. In 1903 he spent 3 days camping with President Roosevelt in Yosemite and convinced him that Yosemite National Park needed to be managed by the federal government instead of the state of California. This was a turning point in the National Park System, and a big reason why this area is still very much the same today.
|President Roosevelt and John Muir at Glacier Point, May 1903|
Thinking about visiting the very same places he wrote about some 100 years ago would probably be enough inspiration for anyone, but it doesn't end there. The trail runs through 3 National Parks...Yosemite, Kings Canyon, and Sequoia. And when not within a National Park, it runs through the John Muir and Ansel Adams Wilderness areas, and Devils Postpile National Monument.
Besides the unparalleled beauty of the mountains, trees, wild life, tons of alpine lakes, and some of the best fly fishing streams in the world, I now have even more motivation. My soon to be 15 year old son has decided to join me on this epic journey, and I am blessed. You can only imagine how I feel if you have children of your own...the opportunity to share this experience together has me excited beyond words.
|14,505' Mt Whitney|