W[illiam] H. Trout
322 - 24th Ave Milwaukee July 11th 1913John Muir Martinez CaliforniaDear Friend JohnI received your much prized book over a week ago, and in the course of two days read it all through. A good sized party of us went out to Beaver Lake in Waukesha Co to spend the fourth and a few days more in camp. I took your book along for others to read, but it was not opened, there was tent preparations, cooking, fishing, or prowling around the country, anything besides reading, except to look into the daily paper which goes everywhere in Wisconsin now. After leaving the city and the reading of your book I saw the whole country thru John Muirs eyes or at least I had you with me enjoying the varied scenes. You see my son-in-law Davis is the leading man in the conduct of an Automobile Truck Co, so he had one of his large [Merchantile?] trucks fitted up with seats, on which we took 21 people, 6 being children. Had plenty of room besides for our tent and baggage. At our destination when all was unloaded special hammocks were swung across our 7 ft. wide truck and a good number slept in it having light hammocks above to put ones clothes on, the same as upper berths in a sleeping car. Fine netting around around it kept out the mosquitos, and the heavy oil cloth curtains belonging to the truck would keep out the rain. We rented a small cottage, with gasoline stove, table chairs and some dishes, so we had a fine time. Our truck was set to a governed speed of 12 miles per hour, which except on heavy inclines was maintained. I sat on the front seat with son-in-law, the driver, the boss of the party where I had an unobstructed view of the country, which never looked so fine before. There has been abundance of rain, and lately warm weather, resulting in extrordinary growth, the streams flowing, fat sleek cattle and horses in the fields, and the trees in their heaviest richest foliage. I never saw greater luxuriance anywhere.05490
1913 Jul 11
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