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What is Yosemite National Park famous for?

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What is Yosemite National Park famous for?

Besides The Unruly Mystic: John Muir, of course!  In May 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt camped with Muir near Glacier Point for three days. On that trip, Muir convinced Roosevelt to take control of Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Grove away from California and return it to the federal government. In 1906, Roosevelt signed a bill that did precisely that to create Yosemite National Park.

Other notables:

~ park has five waterfalls of 1,000 feet or more

~ for starry skies

~ Lyell Glacier is the largest glacier in Yosemite National Park and is one of the few remaining in the Sierra Nevada today.

~ three groves of ancient giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) trees; the Mariposa Grove (200 trees), the Tuolumne Grove (25 trees), and the Merced Grove (20 trees).

~ Sierra Nevada mountain peaks, a couple of which rise above a breathtaking 13,000 feet!

~ spectacular cliffs and waterfalls in a 10-minute loop of Yosemite Valley

This is condensed awesomeness!

The Cathedral and Ritter Ranges from Mount Florence from Summitpost.org



A Surprise visit from The Father of Environmental Ethics – Dr. Holmes Rolston III

A Surprise visit from The Father of Environmental Ethics – Dr. Holmes Rolston III

At a screening of The Unruly Mystic: John Muir in Ft. Collins, Dr. Holmes Rolston III, a retired professor, Emeritus from Colorado State University often referred to as “The Father of Environmental Ethics” was present. He turns 86 in November 2018. Dr. Rolston arrived at the screening without a ticket, unaware that the show was sold out. When film director Michael M. Conti heard about this, he kindly ran out into the parking lot and motioned for him to stay. “I’ll give you my own ticket,” he told him. Michael then escorted Holmes to his seat in the theater.


Sierra Club John Muir Exhibit Review

Sierra Club John Muir Exhibit Review

This Sierra Club John Muir Exhibit Review comes from  volunteer webmaster and coordinator of the Sierra Club’s John Muir Education Team, Harold Wood, with design assistance from Sierra Club staff.

Sierra Club John Muir Exhibit Review

“The Unruly Mystic: John Muir” (2018) – Documentary. 1 hour 10 minutes. 

This film focuses on the uniquely spiritual or mystical insights to be gained from of the remarkable life and writings of John Muir. John Muir was among the first to teach us that the gift of wild nature has unparalleled value for its spiritual nourishment, yet his message continues to be a primary inspiration today. Outstanding video photography of “nature’s temples” are intertwined with perceptive interviews from people who are inspired by nature’s beauty, and who were often inspired to encounter that beauty by John Muir.

The filmmaker combines his own special sense of connectedness with nature – – something that goes beyond mere “outdoor recreation” — with insights about Muir and the sacredness of nature from psychologists, authors, park rangers, and practitioners from varied spiritual traditions, as well as from everyday people. The film engagingly goes beyond just quoting Muir in the soundtrack (by a narrator with a Scottish accent), but provides the written words on screen to help the reader fully engage with Muir’s message. As followers of Muir attest, today we recognize the necessity of not just passively enjoying nature, but for actively working to protect nature’s treasures in order for everyone to experience them.

Browse this link for all things Muir. For the most recent features of that Sierra Club website, see the What’s New section.

The Unruly Mystic: A film series on those Who Woke Us Up produced by Crazy Wisdom Films, under Michael Conti Productions LLC, explores the wellness and spiritual connection to creativity, nature and science.  These films are carefully curated around each subject theme, and produced to find the insightful stories of today’s modern mystics, to explore and engage the viewers with an experiential journey through the visual craft of film.

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