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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Park (10/25/12)

TITLE: Awe-Inspiring
By darlene thompson
10/31/12


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A park is described as a

protected area, in its natural or semi-

natural state, or planted, and set

aside for human recreation and

enjoyment, or for the protection of

wild life or natural habitat. Usually,

it consists of rock, soil, water,

flora, fauna and grass areas. Many

parks are legally protected by law.

The first parks were deer parks,

land set aside for hunting by royalty

and the aristocracy in medieval

times. They had walls or thick hedges

around to keep game in and people out.

In the United States, parks range

from National, State, county and

city. They add pleasures such as

hiking, camping, walking, jogging,

canoeing, kayaking,skiing,photography,

bird watching or simply taking in a

view.
On June 30, 1864, the United

States developed the concept of

preserving landscapes for the pleasure

of people. It was signed by Abraham

Lincoln and known as the Yosemite

Grant. Ferdinand Vandiveer

Hayden led an expedition into

Yellowstone in 1871. Thomas Moran, a

photographer, joined him. Hayden

presented a 500 page report along with

Moran’s photographs to the Department

of Interior. A bill was presented and

passed by the Senate and Congress on

March 01, 1872. Yellowstone became the

first National Park.

Four decades later under

President Theodore Roosevelt,

Yosemite, became a national park.

John Muir was instrumental in

establishing Yosemite. He petitioned

the U.S. Congress for the Park bill

that was passed in 1890. In addition

to Yosemite, Sequoia National Park was

added. Because of Muir’s spiritual

and enthusiasm toward nature, he

inspired readers, including presidents

and congressmen to take action to help

preserve large nature areas. He is

known as the “Father of the National

Parks.” Biographer Donald Worster

stated Muir believed his mission was

saving the American soul from total

to materialism. It was his desire to

protect and preserve wild and natural

environment. It has been said Muir

revealed the mind of God in his

ability to enjoy, preserve and tell

others about his natural experiences.


Parks have the capacity to take

a person on a quiet and thoughtful

journey. In the park, one can

feel God’s presence. One can behold

the beauty of birds, animals, rocks,

grass, flowers, earth, land,wind,

water and sky. Muir said, “so

gloriously colored, and so luminous,

awakening and warming all the mighty

host to do gladly their shining day’s

work, to whose light everything seems

equally divine, opening a thousand

windows to show us God.” A walk in

the park will make one shout, “The

whole earth is full of thy glory.”


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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 11/02/12
This is an interesting essay and felt like you did your research well. I didn't know many of the facts that you gave and found it to be an interesting read. Good job.
Marie Hearty 11/02/12
Thanks for sharing all that information. I enjoyed reading it.

God bless!
Sandra Wells11/04/12
I found your piece very interesting. I had no idea of the history of parks. I do know that when I walk through certain parks, I feel closer to God and to those who walked those very trails, possibly centuries ago. Thank you for the information
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 11/08/12
Congratulations for ranking 6th in level two!