[Ezra S. Carr]
tributary naming this Cascade camp. The next morning while Muir & I explored the Tributary, Dr Kellogg & Ruth made a log [illegible] across and we went on until nightfall to find just at dark an [universe?] log felled by a natural process. It was a Librocedrus tree that carried us safely over the main trunk of the river. It took another day of hard climbing to put us into [underlined: the] Cascades in the heart of the Canon. The admission fee here was shoes, stockings, glasses & all superfluous freight of clothing. Bare footed & handed we stuck to the glacier polished rocks & pulled ourselves up to the broad plane of a rock wall, that said thus far shalt thou go; but did not say - how far we should [underlined stick on]. As we had moved from camp to camp we had left clothing & provisions we thought, well protected, for our return. We took only a days provisions into the Cascades. consequently when Muir fell sick there, & we had to lay over a day, we got hungry & hungrier, & longed to get back to our base of supplies. Because they were an hungered, with butter gone – no sugar. I only cracked wheat & poor coffee, the gentleman ate heartily of plums stewed in their own juice, with a trifle of Tuolumne water for seasoning. Not many hours after my three companions behaved as if each had swallowed a glacier! I ordered for [deleted: my dear John] Muir . a wet blanket pack, for he was in a high fever. — [deleted: (bring my shawl out in] 06388
[Yosemite Valley, Calif.]
[1873 Jul 11]
Original letter dimensions: 21 x 13.5 cm.
Reel 02, Image 1159
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