All across the nation people are starting out on vacations to be spent in…parks. [In] their tents under the stars, with an open fire to cook by, with the smell of the woods, and the winds in the trees, they will forget the rush and strain of all the other long weeks of the year, and for a short time at least, the days will be good for their hearts and for their souls

FDR, Shenandoah NP dedication, 1936

I only went out for a walk, and finally concluded to stay till sundown for going out…was really going in.

John Muir

Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts

Rachel Carson