Monday, September 28, 2009

I never get quotes right - or jokes. Seriously. I'll say, "Oh I just love that quote by that one person who said that one thing. I can't remember it, but it was awesome." Or I'll say, "Oh I have a joke. Okay, there was this (pause) woman. I think. Yeah, yeah. It was a woman. And she (pause). Wait - WAS it a woman? I can't remember." And so on and so on until I kill the joke (and not in a good way). All of that to say I really DID hear a good quote yesterday, and I'm going to try to impart it to you.

I was watching PBS (okay, flipping through channels at a mile a minute), and there was a program on about a naturist who worked tirelessly to conserve parts of what is now Yosemite Park. I've never been to Yosemite, but I grew up going to Glacier Park, and we just spent our family reunion in Yellowstone Park. But hello. I am NOT a nature girl. I do not ENJOY camping, tent or otherwise. I do not ENJOY sitting outside in the dark or waking up covered in dew. I do not ENJOY hiking to the top of a mountain. Or hill. Or walking over land as flat as a fritter. I just don't. However........

.....when we went to Yellowstone, something in me was awakened. Or maybe I should say "re-awakened." See, I used to swim in the irrigation ditches and LOOK FOR snakes in the hills outside our house. I used to catch turtles in the pond, and spend hours on the tire swing. I used to collect rocks (of the outdoor variety). I used to sleep outside with nothing but some blankets and a pillow. And I wasn't even being punished! I actually WANTED to stay out there. Wow. But somewhere along the way, I lost my verve for all things outdoors. Enter Yellowstone. Its pristine mineral beds, forest regrowth after the fire, sky that goes on FOREVER, animals just roaming - - it was all mind blowing, really. We even got a personal tour from my aunt who works there. Amazing, amazing creation. I felt close to God there. And not in a cheesy, emotional way. Just in a very true, comfortable way. It was like something that had long been dormant was awakened, which leads me to the quote. Don't worry - I looked it up just to be SURE I didn't butcher it!
-John Muir

Okay - the above is NOT a type-O.

After MINUTES of looking, I cannot find that blankity blank quote ANYWHERE! The gist was something about how nature makes our souls complete.

Or something like that. Crap.


hezzzy said...

but seriously.... you helped me to rediscover God's country in Yellowstone which was my backyard for 18 years.
Now then.... the quote???

evil cake lady said...

ooh I saw that same PBS documentary!! i loved all the john muir quotes, such a beautiful soul. sp whichever one you were thinking about, yeah, it was a good one!

Adventures and Good Times! said...

you guys are hilarious! find the quote will you!!!

in the meantime, here are a few of his quotes to inspire you:

The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.

In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.

Keep close to Nature's heart... and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.