Louie [Strentzel Muir]
01310[letterhead]August 7th, 1888Dear Louie.We returned to Seattle last evening after spending five days on the upper waters of the Snoqualmie. The rides & walks through the grand primeval woods were very interesting & exciting & telling, & the roughness & wetness of snags bogs & constant rain were as nothing to the soul though something to bones & flesh. Most of that however is rested away leaving only the living immortal beauty in vivid relief. Tomorrow morning at 4.45 we start for Mt Ranier by way of Yelm Prairie. Where we will procure pack animals. There will be eight in the party- Most of whom will attempt to reach the summit. The weather is stormy & unsettled & far from inviting to such mountainering so that I hardly think any of us will trample the summit snows I dont mean to try lackign the old confidence of strength. Have been sorely disappointed in hearing so little from home- only Wandas letter.Here are some Snoqualmie mosses & a Linnera for Wanda & Helen I suppose Annie has gone home. Love to you all In 2 weeks may be in Portland. John Muir
Seattle, Washington Territory
1888 Aug 7
Original letter dimensions: 27.5 x 21.5 cm.
Reel 05, Image 1116
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