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Muir Monday: One Touch of Nature Makes the Whole World Kin

One touch of nature makes the whole world kin. - John Muir

One touch of nature makes the whole world kin. - John Muir

One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.” – John Muir

There is something special about the experience we share in nature. This especially strikes me at places like this in Yosemite, as I realize that John Muir walked this trail. He saw a view that has remained largely unchanged. And he was moved in ways that I am moved more than one hundred years later.

When we reminisce with someone who has also been to Yosemite, the Grand Tetons, Zion or whatever location, we share a bond. Nature becomes the common denominator… the great equalizer.

About This Photo

I snapped this photograph on a day hike up to Vernal and Nevada Falls in Yosemite. I don’t know who the hikers in the photo are (if you know them, please share!), but I loved the way the sunlight was filtered by the trees, with mist from the falls in the background.

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About Muir Monday

I started sharing the wisdom of John Muir on back in June, posting new quotes on Instagram and Facebook with a photo I’ve taken that supports the message. Muir had a way with words, and the Muir Monday meme has proven popular. Beginning today, I’m trying out a new approach, sharing these inspirational words here on SoCal Hiker. Each Monday you’ll find a new quote to inspire you. Please spread the word, and share with your friends on Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, Google+ or whatever networks you prefer.

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