“There is a love of wild nature in everybody, an ancient mother-love showing itself whether recognized or no, and however covered by cares and duties.”
― John Muir
It only seems befitting to dedicate our first edition of Wanderlusting to John Muir, affectionately referred to as the Father of our National Parks.
As an original wanderluster, John Muir traversed the world and recognized that true spirituality can be found deep in the wilderness. He knew that man was not meant to claim the trees, the mountains, the raging rivers, the wide open spaces of nature, but rather, those gifts of nature were meant to claim man.
Muir taught us, enticed us, to go deep into the mountains and deep into the forests, not to get lost, but rather to find ourselves, to re-awaken ourselves. To him, going to the mountains and forests was going home.
As Wanderlusters, we live in Muir’s legacy. We proudly accept the fact that the forces of nature beckon us, and we thrive on it. We seek our solace and our spirituality in the mountains, the oceans, the deserts, and the forests. We share Muir’s enthusiasm for travel and his unbridled passion for all things nature. We are clearly forever marked by the trails we’ve taken, and we can only hope that we have left our mark on the places and the people that we’ve encountered.
“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul alike.” – John Muir