A Chance to
“Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”
From Wikipedia: “Theodore Roosevelt. (October 27, 1858 – January 6, 1919), often referred to as Teddy or TR, was an American statesman, author, explorer, soldier, naturalist, and reformer who served as the 26th President of the United States, from 1901 to 1909.
He integrated his exuberant personality, vast range of interests, and world-famous achievements into a “cowboy” persona. Home-schooled, he became a lifelong naturalist before attending Harvard College. His first of many books, The Naval War of 1812 (1882), established his reputation as both a learned historian and a popular writer.
Making conservation a top priority [during his Presidency], he established myriad new national parks, forests, and monuments in order to preserve the nation’s natural resources.
Roosevelt established the United States Forest Service, signed into law the creation of five National Parks, and signed the 1906 Antiquities Act, under which he proclaimed 18 new U.S. National Monuments. He also established the first 51 Bird Reserves, four Game Preserves, and 150 National Forests, including Shoshone National Forest, the nation’s first. The area of the United States that he placed under public protection totals approximately 230,000,000 acres.”
A fragrant redwood forest, Samuel P. Taylor State Park is a popular destination for camping, hiking, horseback riding, bicycling, and picnicking. The old railroad track is a walking path today parallel to Paper Mill Creek on this site of a former paper mill where they harvested and processed redwood trees.
I know Theodore Roosevelt would have enjoyed hiking up the ridges or riding a horse through the forest as many people enjoy doing today.
I took my grandmother here several times for picnics and she and I were both in awe of the mighty redwood trees (‘Gramma Hattie’ Mary Klimesh Hogan, 1900-1995). I have a favorite photo of her sitting in a chair admiring the redwood forest surrounding her. While she was a young girl, Theodore Roosevelt was President.
Photo by Dawn Marie Carlson taken during a nature walk with my Mom, cousins Jackie, and her son Nicholas. Post updated and revised November 13, 2015. Originally published November 11, 2013.