John Muir


Mrs. [Jeanne C.] Carr


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[2]persuaded to walk I left the plains just as the first gold sheets were being outspread. My first plan was to follow the Tuolumne upward as I had followed the Merced downward, After reaching Hetch Hetchy Valley which has about the same altitude as Yosemite & spending a week or so in sketching & exploring its falls & rocks, crossing the high mountains past the west end of the Hoffman range & going down into Yosemite by Indian canon. passing thus a glorious month with the mountains with all their snows & crystal bright- ness, & all the nameless glories of their magnificent [3]winter. But my plan went agley. I lost a weeks sleep by the pain of a sore hand & I became unconfident in my strength when measured against weeks of wading in snow up to the neck Therefore I reluctantly con- cluded to push directly for the valley by Cranes Flat & Tamarac. Our journey was just a week in length including one day of rest in the Cran Flat Cabin. Some of our nights were cold & we were hungry once or twice. We crossed the snow line on the flank of Pilot peak ridge six or eight miles below Cranes Flat. From Cranes Flat to brim of the valley the snow was



Date Original

[1871 Mar]


Original letter dimensions: 20 x 25.5 cm.

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Reel 02, Image 0389

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Page 2


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