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Having the freedom to ‘muck about’

December 1, 2012
By KATIE FINCH - For Jamestown Audubon , The Times Observer

I recently went on vacation to Yosemite National Park in southern California. There is not enough room in this column to do justice to the beauty of the mountains or the people who influenced and were influenced by the land. I knew, before visiting, that it was one of the first national parks. But upon entering Yosemite Valley, I understood the inspiration for the grand idea of protecting land for all to enjoy. One person who was influential in protecting Yosemite was the famous naturalist, writer and wander, John Muir. Inspired by Muir I adopted a style of outdoor wandering I call "mucking about". To me, "mucking about" implies very little planning in terms of the length of the trail, the time of return, or the activities completed. It takes a certain mindset to "muck about". One must forget about destination and think more of the journey. What awaits you is far more important then what you've planned.



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