Happy 104th anniversary to Rocky Mountain National Park!
In 1915, Congress created the Rocky Mountain National Park. Named after the mountain range, this mountain range is one of the world’s longest mountain ranges stretching from Alaska down to Mexico.
Rocky Mountain National Park lies in north central Colorado covering 415 square miles. And it is not too far from Denver!
Rocky Mountain National Park is a great place to go on some fun hikes, experience the mountains, drive the epic Trail Ridge Road, see wildlife, and enjoy the outdoors! If you’re in this area or looking for a great national park to visit next, I highly recommend that you check out Rocky Mountain National Park!
Enjoy a photo below of me hiking a trail in this national park back in June of 2006.
“The time is always right to do what is right.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
Today celebrates and honors Martin Luther King, Jr. in America. Today, we take a moment to reflect back on his great life and achievements.
As part of our National Park System, the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site is located in Atlanta, Georgia. This national historic site is Atlanta’s top tourist destination. Here you can hear his story, visit the home of his birth, and where he played as a child. You can also walk in his footsteps in Atlanta and also hear his voice in the church where he moved hearts and minds.
So, the next time you visit Atlanta, check out this cool national historic site! In the meantime, take a moment today to reflect on his messages of love and peace.
“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
“A day without a friend is like a pot without a single drop of honey left inside.” ~ Winnie the Pooh
Winnie the Pooh Day was created to celebrate the creator’s birthday, A.A. Milne. Milne was born on this day in 1882 in London, England. Milne brought this adorable, honey-loving, bear to life in his writings in a collection of books first published in 1926.
Milne’s lovable Pooh Bear is a fictional bear inspired by a black bear named Winnie who lived at the London Zoo during World War I. The author’s son, Christopher Robin, would visit the bear often at the zoo and named his own teddy bear after her.
Milne created other characters in these books, Tigger, Piglet, Eeyore, Kanga, and Roo, after his son’s other stuffed animals.
I so remember enjoying Winne the Pooh as a young girl and love seeing my own children enjoy these lovable characters.
Winnie the Pooh continues today to inspire and entertain many fans throughout the world.
To celebrate this fun day, go and enjoy a Winne the Pooh book, enjoy some honey, snuggle one of your stuffed animals, host a picnic, draw your house in the woods, or even bounce around the room a bit. 😉
“It never hurts to keep looking for sunshine.” ~ Winnie the Pooh ☀️
Happy 111th anniversary to Muir Woods National Monument!
On January 9, 1908, President Theodore Roosevelt created the Muir Woods National Monument named after conservationist John Muir. Muir Woods became the 7th National Monument and was the first one created from land donated by a private individual.
In 1905, Congressman William Kent and his wife, Elizabeth, bought 611 acres for only $45,000. To protect the redwoods here, the Kents donated 295 acres of the land to the federal government. President Roosevelt originally suggested naming it after the Kents, but they wanted it named after Muir.
Muir Woods lies in the middle of the redwood’s latitudinal range that spans from the California/Oregon border to Big Sur, just south of Monterey. And it is quite easy to get to from San Francisco!
In 1937, the Golden Gate Bridge was completed and visitors tripled in numbers to Muir Woods that year!
And in 1945, delegates met from all over the world to draft and sign the Charter of the United Nations. President Franklin D. Roosevelt died just 12 days before he was to have opened the United Nations Conference in San Francisco. President Harry Truman still proceeded this conference. In the middle of the two-month conference, over 500 delegates representing 46 nations took the time off from the conference to go to Muir Woods National Monument to honor and to pay tribute to President Franklin D. Roosevelt in Muir Woods’ Cathedral Grove. Edward R. Stettinius, Jr., U.S. Secretary of State, who spoke of Muir Woods as a symbol of Roosevelt’s ideals, saying, “These great redwoods at Muir Woods National Monument are the most enduring of all trees. Many of them stood here centuries after every man now living is dead. They are as timeless and as strong as the ideals and faith of Franklin D. Roosevelt.”
Muir Woods is a great place to see some amazing redwood trees, check out the history here, and take in a few hikes! If you’re in the Bay Area, I highly recommend that you check out Muir Woods National Monument!
Waving goodbye to 2018 and welcoming in 2019!
Have a safe, healthy, and happy new year!! 🎆🎊❤️🥂