Tireless advocate for the creation of Yosemite National Park, John Muir is credited with espousing; "Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity..."
Henry David Thoreau tapped just as deeply into this emotion when he wrote "... in Wildness is the preservation of the World."
Humankind might spend 90% of its time indoors these days, but in our heart and soul we hanker, we pine, for the rawness of nature. Watch kids explode with excitement when let loose, unbridled into an wide, open space and we know this to be true. See our slideshow of wild spaces around the planet, where it's possible to relearn a child's eager sense of awe and delight.
Photo: Argentina's Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi. © Warren McLaren / INOV8