[John Muir]


[Louie S. Muir]


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01355 [3]I am trying here to describe the trip from Victoria to Port Tounsend speaking of the lovely archepelago of San Juan & Mt Baker & the grand mass of the Olympian Range -- Then spoke of the inability of most people to get into close contact with mountains etc which gave rise to these ideas - strange to say mostly entirely new to me though I have so long loved landscapes & tried to describe themPg 30"The opportunity has not yet come to me to explore these mountains, & to most of us never will come, at least in this life. And even if a fitting opportunity as to means & time & freedom from other obligations should present itself, few have the requisite physical strength to urge a way up through these rugged solitudes. How good then, & how benevolent a thing it is that so much enjoyment may be derived from landscapes a hundred miles away. As we gase from the desk of the steamer, nothing of all the life of these Olympian


San Francisco

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1889 Jul 8


Original letter dimensions: 28 x 21 cm.

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