John Muir


Emily [O. Pelton]


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[2]"lies close along the river brink - it is not very far and a log house marks the glens narrow entrance", we remarked, that in following our directions, when we had inquired more particularly about the exact position of the log house after we had proceeded some distance on our way, the person we inquired of gave us some very curious glances which we could not understand, so we proceeded on our way we could not withstand the temptation to climb the bluffs that butted so majestically overhead, and after many vain attempts we at last found a place where the ascent was [practical?] We had to make many a [halt?] for [illegible], and made as much use of our hands as of our feet, but the splendid view [illegible] repaid the toil. After enjoying the delightful scenery and analyzing some specimens which we gathered on our way, we began[3]to wish ourselves down again, as the afternoon was wearing away and we wished to visit the glen before night but descending was still more [difficult?] and we several times reached an almost unstoppable [illegible]. We found the first specimen of [illegible] in this vicinity and several beautiful [illegible]. After traveling a good way down the river we began to fear that we had already passed the object of our search but when the suns rays were nearly [illegible] and we had just emerged from a mass of low leafy trees we were suddenly struck with the most g[illegible] astonishment at the unique and unexpected sight so full before us we expected that a log house in such a place would be a faultless specimen of those pioneer establishments with outside chimney, the single window, and door over run with [illegible] or wild honeysuckle the door yard alive with [illegible] and figs


Fountain Lake [Wisc.]

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[18]64 Feb 27-Mar 1

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