|"A Place of Worship" Roosevelt at Glacier Point, Yosemite|
Two evenings later, Roosevelt lay high in Yosemite, on a bet of fragrant pine needles, looking up at the sky. On all sides soared the cinnamon-colored shafts of sequoia trees. He had the feeling that he was "lying in a great solemn cathedral, far vaster and more beautiful than any built by the hands of man." . . . Speaking in Sacramento, he begged Californians to preserve their "marvelous natural resources" unimpaired. "We are not building this country of ours for a day. It is to last through the ages."
-Edmund Morris, Theodore Rex