… to the Yosemite Valley, set aside on this date for “public use, resort and restoration…” by Abraham Lincoln, in 1864. Though it wasn’t until 1872 that competing claims were voided, and Yosemite was declared the nation’s first National Park. Unless you’re Yellowstone National Park, which claims first honors. So, do we go by the date the land was set aside, or do we go with the date someone decided to call it a “national” park… Ultimately the argument is meaningless, pointless and less than important. What is important is that the land was set aside. And that it’s still there, for all to enjoy and be restored by. Go and see it while you still can. There are entirely too many people out there who want to see the land exploited, the benefit of their own personal-type pockets… All images by Moi.