Today is the 99th birthday of our National Park System!

Isn’t that just awesome? Thank you, Teddy Roosevelt, for your foresight in protecting our nation’s most beautiful and sensitive landscapes. Although, I take issue with the fact that the progressive death tax was his idea, and that he over-agressively pursued anti-trust laws bringing about the breakup of notables such as Standard Oil … he was a rugged outdoorsman. He recognized that some places just need to be protected from … US. 

So, on this 99th birthday of the park system, in honor of TR, I made my short trek up Mt. Pisgah, located on the nations narrowest and longest national park, the Blue Ridge Parkway. 

A mid-week hike is usually lonesome, but there were over 20 other people on the trail today. Maybe they were celebrating the park’s birthday too.