View across Hetch Hetchy Valley, early 1900s, prior to damming.  Photo by  Isaiah West Taber - Sierra Club Bulletin, Vol. VI. No. 4, January, 1908.

View across Hetch Hetchy Valley, early 1900s, prior to damming. Photo by Isaiah West Taber - Sierra Club Bulletin, Vol. VI. No. 4, January, 1908.

John Muir in Yosemite Valley  Hand-colored by Bennett Hall, California  Some say the damming of Hetch Hetchy killed Muir, who died in 1914, the year construction on the Dam began. Others say the Dam rescued the Valley from an even worse menace of progress: the automobile.    “Dam Hetch Hetchy! As well dam for water tanks the people’s cathedrals and churches, for no holier temple has ever been consecrated by the heart of man!” —John Muir

John Muir in Yosemite Valley Hand-colored by Bennett Hall, California Some say the damming of Hetch Hetchy killed Muir, who died in 1914, the year construction on the Dam began. Others say the Dam rescued the Valley from an even worse menace of progress: the automobile. “Dam Hetch Hetchy! As well dam for water tanks the people’s cathedrals and churches, for no holier temple has ever been consecrated by the heart of man!” —John Muir

Virginia Hawkins Falls (formerly called Double Falls) - in the Laurel Fork Heritage Preserve in the Jocassee Gorges area of Pickens County, SC;  photo by Rich Stevenson

Virginia Hawkins Falls (formerly called Double Falls) - in the Laurel Fork Heritage Preserve in the Jocassee Gorges area of Pickens County, SC; photo by Rich Stevenson

Big Pine, California - Just maybe the perfect camping spot,  what do you think?

Big Pine, California — by Bernini

Wapama Falls  Yosemite National Park / Hetch Hetchy

Wapama Falls Yosemite National Park / Hetch Hetchy

Hetch Hetchy is a glacial valley in Yosemite National Park in California. It is completely flooded by O'Shaughnessy Dam, forming the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir. © Matthew Wright

Le réservoir de Hetch Hetchy

Hetch Hetchy is a glacial valley in Yosemite National Park in California. It is completely flooded by O'Shaughnessy Dam, forming the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir. © Matthew Wright

Yosemite Hikes: The best places to take your feet in Yosemite National Park

Yosemite Hikes: The best places to take your feet in Yosemite National Park

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