Sunday, September 20, 2009

Sunday Secrets: Teddy Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt, in my opinion, is one of the best all-around presidents this country has ever seen. Concerned about the people, the land, and the spirit of America, Teddy made history with all of his programs, and changed our country forever.

His resume is quite impressive. He became our 26th president when President McKinley was assassinated in 1901. Forty-two at the time, Roosevelt was the youngest president ever in office. Besides being president, Roosevelt was also a soldier, hunter, and nature enthusiast. As a child, Teddy was very sickly, so he spent most of his time studying natural science and developing a love for the outdoors. He is the one responsible for setting aside national parks such as Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, and Yosemite.

About the Grand Canyon, Roosevelt said... "Leave it as it is. You cannot imporve on it. The ages have been at work on it, and man can only mar it. What you can do is keep it for your children, your children's children, and for all who come after you, as one of the great sights which every American if he can travel at all should see... Whatever it is, handle it so that your children's children will get the benefit of it."

If you ever get the chance to go to any of these places... go! I never understood the beauty of our country from photographs. To witness land that has been untouched by man is so moving. This summer I had the opportunity to go to the Grand Canyon and Yosemite, and since leaving, I have developed a new passion for conservation and awareness about the world around us. Thank you, Teddy, for giving us this wonderful gift.

The Grand Canyon

Yosemite National Park

Giant Sequoias at Yosemite

Get action. Seize the moment. Man was never intended to become an oyster.
-Theodore Roosevelt

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