National Geographic : 1963 Oct
GILBERT H. GROSVENOR COLLECTION Motoring in rain forest on Washington's Olympic Peninsula, my family and I explored in 1915 one of the several Western wonderlands that would become national parks. Throughout the years, the Society has lent its support to the creation and 548 protection of those reserves, so beneficent to the human spirit. hAvnl WHITCOMR Climbing Mount Whitney, summit of the old 48 states, I found this cairn perched on the 14,495-foot peak in 1915. Today a National Park Serv ice plaque replaces the rocks and calls attention to the Nation's highest trail run ning across the mountain. No path marked the way when I was there, but I sprinted the last several hun dred feet so as to photograph the party coming up. As it happened, they pictured me, too. Going down, we ran in to a storm that brought light ning, hail, snow, and rain. Opening the highway through Tioga Pass in Yo semite Valley in 1915 called for a celebration, and we had one. Stephen Mather (center) prepares to run up the Amer ican flag. Elsie smiles at left.