With that, a precedent was set for the some 58 parks currently operating in the country, starting with Yellowstone's designation as the first national park in 1872. At this point, Yosemite was still considered a state park. It wasn't until 1906 that naturalist and wilderness advocate John Muir went camping with Teddy Roosevelt and convinced him to put the park under the Federal Government's watch as a national park.
The story is a credit to some very inspirational forward thinking by our top leaders, recognizing the need to prevent these beautiful environments from development. If we're lucky, these lands will still be around for generations to come, an honest tribute and the utmost sign of respect for Mother Nature.
This week, we'll show you around a little bit, highlighting what we enjoyed so much about the park and perhaps inspiring you to make a journey of your own in the near future. The bottom photo is of Vernal Fall just off the valley floor, where we were treated to a rainbow on none other than St. Paddy's weekend.
[Photos: Will McGough]