[John Muir]


[Jeanne C. Carr]


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782 Winter Walk Fall [5]the sky, & how I tingled my fingers among their tassels, & rubbed my feet among the fallen needles & burrs I had a grand greeting of Yosemite rocks never did they appear so lovable or more willing to speak to me as to a friend. But though I bathed in the bright river & sauntered on the meadows & rustled in the brown ferns & prayed with the pines, I was still uneasy, as if tainted with the sticky sky of your town, therefore I determined to run out to the higher Mtns. 'The days are sunful' I said & though it is now winter there will be but little danger & a sudden storm will not prevent me from forcing my way back to the Valley, & will do me the good I seek. Next morning after this decision I rolled up a pair of blankets & set out up the Canon of Tenaya caring little about the quantity of bread I carried, for I said that a fast & a storm & a difficult canon is just the medicine I require to heal me of all this town heaviness The distance from Mirror Lake up the Tenaya Canon to Lake Tenaya 00637


Yosemite Valley

Date Original

1872 Dec 25


Original letter dimensions: 21 x 26 cm.

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Reel 02, Image 1035

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Page 3


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