Today, Yosemite National Park is 130 years old.
Congress passed an act creating the park on October 1, 1890. It was then signed into law by President Benjamin Harrison.
I imagine that, on that day, the boulders and trees and streams quietly smiled, grateful for the designation granting them honor and recognition. Perhaps they also uttered an indulgent sigh, patiently and lovingly allowing us to believe that our existence validates theirs, knowing that, in actuality, the opposite is true.
“This grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never all dried at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor is ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal sunset, eternal dawn and gloaming on seas and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls.” – John Muir