Thousands of miles away on the other American coast, John Muir began to note the overgrazing and logging of the precious Yosemite Valley in California. He could not allow the loss of such an irreplaceable landscape and so worked for its incorporation as a park in 1890. After Muir took President Theodore Roosevelt on a camping trip in Yosemite in 1903, Roosevelt pushed to have the government take the park under national control to provide further protection for the land. John Muir went on to found the Sierra Club, a prominent environmental advocacy organization even today. His leadership had its own inspiration, too; on his mantel Muir kept two portraits: one of Emerson and one of Thoreau.
As it was evening and there was no chance of seeing outside though I was trying to get some natural air from outside. So I tried to find out the locks of the windows so that I can open those and got refreshed with natural air. Some of my fellow passengers were skeptical about my activities. They were looking at me crookedly. I failed to find the locks. Later on, I saw an air hostess coming towards our seats. I asked her where is the window locks so that I can open it. Hearing that, many passengers started smiling. I realized that something went wrong and I felt shy. The air hostess was polite enough to reply me by just saying - sir the windows of a plane can not be opened because of the risk factor. I actually didn’t need a powerpoint presentation to know that and I immediately understood that it got very embarrassing. The journey was around one hour long, and all the way I could not look at other passengers as I felt so shy.
Information for this essay was found in several sources, among them the biographical account of Ann Lee written by Stephen J. Stein, edited by John A. Garraty and Mark C. Carnes (general editors) and found in American National Biography Volume 13 (New York: Oxford University Press, 1999) . In passing, one book which explores the larger theme of spirituality in America, Jacob Needleman's The American Soul Rediscovering the Wisdom of the Founders, (New York: Putnam, 2002) deserves mention. F. W. Evans original 1859 work , Shakers Compendium of the origin, History, principles, Rules and Regulations, Government, and Doctrines of the United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing with Biographies of Ann Lee, William Lee, Jas. Whittaker, J. Hocknell, J. meacham, and Lucy Wright was found online at http:///SHAKER-MANUSCRIPTS/Shakers-Compendium/ Much of the information found here was taken from the National Park Service's pamphlet The Shaker Historic Trail. Information on the current beliefs of the Shakers was found at their Sabbethday Lake Shaker Community website at http:// . Christian's Becksvoort's The Shaker Legacy Perspectives on an Enduring Furniture Style (Newtown, Ct: The Taunton Press, 2000) gave a good account of Shaker innovations, while the reforms of Joseph Meachum, a successor of Ann lee, were found in Julie Nicoletta's The Architecture of the Shakers (Woodstock, Vermont: Norfleet Press, 1995).