Some years ago, Dr. Robert Van Pelt signed my copy of Forest Giants of the Pacific Coast.
Alongside his signature, he wrote a note that got me thinking more about all of us who wander in the forest. There are quite a few who exclusively look for what others have found. And some people look for new things.
Robert Van Pelt's extra note included:
Prior to signing this, I vaguely realized that in finding many of the largest or tallest redwoods, the locating of them didn't really amount to an accomplishment, even though energy was expended. A lot of the looking was basically vigorous vacations. Then as years past and I found a handful, the chasm between locating and discovering became more clear. And I realized just how many accomplishments were done by some folks like Michael Taylor, Chris Atkins, Robert Van Pelt, and quite a few others."you have been everywhere, but one thing remains - to discover a champion for yourself"