"Climb the mountains and get their good tidings." John Muir
During the death and destruction years of America's Civil War, honest Abe and the Union Congress took a break from the daily body count figures and signed the "Yosemite Grant" into law. For the first time in history an area was set aside for preservation, just because it was beyond amazing. The grant included Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Giant Sequoia grove. A relatively small chunk of the US, but the birthplace of a large concept: National Parks and Wilderness Areas.
What's really impressive was most of Congress and Lincoln knew they would never see the fruits of their labors. The wilds of the Sierra Nevada was as distant as Mars is today.
Now that's unselfish and forward thinking at the same time.
I spent over a week in this diamond in the rough. Come along and see the sights of Yosemite Sam-bur's visit there.