My daughter and her boyfriend sent us this very special postcard [above] from their recent visit to the Muir Woods in California. I love the wonderful quote from John Muir, which reminded me why he was such a hero of mine years ago:
“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than one seeks.” Reading about John Muir‘s travels and his passion for the natural world had a major impact on me in my adolescence and young adulthood. Since I now live in Florida, their postcard prompted me to read about Muir’s initial impressions of Florida:
“Everything in earth and sky had an impression of strangeness; not a mark of friendly recognition, not a breath, not a spirit whisper of sympathy came from anything about me . . .” (Chapter 5, A Thousand Mile Walk to the Gulf).
But once Muir ventured further, he wrote beautifully of his gratitude for the ‘strange’ delights that abound in our wonderful Marshes and Cypress forests:
“…strange plants, strange winds blowing gently, whispering, cooing, in a language I never learned, and strange birds also, everything solid or spiritual full of influences that I never before felt, yet I thank the Lord with all my heart for his goodness in granting me admission to this magnificent realm.” (Chapter 5, A Thousand Mile Walk to the Gulf).