Theodore Roosevelt: On Becoming Teddy

While in office Theodore Roosevelt set aside 230 million acres of federal land for conservation. His efforts include the following:

150 – National Forests
23 – National Parks and Monuments
51 – Federal Bird Reservations
4 – National Game Preserves
24 – Reclamation Projects

While we are in the National Park that is named after Teddy Roosevelt, I found it fitting to honor his legacy and do something to commemorate him as we approach the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. While Teddy and I may not have been the same waist-size, I can at least do my best to mimic his facial hair and penchant for sweet eyeglasses. As he was a New Yorker and man of high fashion, we knew we needed to find a New York-based eyeglass company that is known for being fashionable. Warby Parker was the easy answer. We contacted them and asked if we could have a monocle to remake some videos featuring Teddy Roosevelt along our trip. Warby Parker took interest in our trip and decided to support us with a monocle, as well as a pair of eyeglasses and sunglasses for both Trevor and myself. Like Teddy Roosevelt, we are using our enhanced vision to better view our natural world and provide you with some stories of our adventures. We wanted to chronicle the change I underwent in becoming Teddy and you can see it here:

Teddy Roosevelt once said, “I heartily enjoy this life with its perfect freedom, for I am very fond of hunting and there are few sensations I prefer to that of galloping over these rolling limitless prairies, with rifle in hand, or winding my way among the barren, fantastic, and grimly picturesque deserts of the so-called Bad Lands.”

I would edit his quote to fit myself. “I heartily enjoy this life, with its perfect freedom for I am very fond of picture-hunting and there are few sensations I prefer to that of careening over these rolling and limitless hills, with iPhone in hand, or winding my way among the barren, majestic, and grimly picturesque lands of the so-called National Parks.