J. E. Calkins


John Muir


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5In my Yellowstone expedition, just ended, I had a delightful experience. Our party of 5, including as its head a genial, gentle, kindly boy of 76 years, whom I should like to have you meet, traveled by private camping outfit through the park, lingering at will, to Jackson's lake, Wyoming, some 25 miles south of the park. There we abode, in tents and happy. 16 beautiful days, then back through the park by another route, so seeing most of its wonders. Greatest of all, to me, was a band of thousands of elk, grazing, lying down in ruminant peace, "whistling", and all this without the dear of man. It was good to be there. Since my return I have again read your beautiful chapter on the Yellowstone, and this time in full contact with every word and point it contains. But aside from the Yellowstone park, I had a sweet time on Jackson's Lake; and among the peaks and giant gulches and deep snowfields of the noble Teton range. The grouse fairly walked about my feet. The deer came up to our door and grazed. The elk and the bear were plentiful all about us, and we could hardly set down our feet without stepping in their tracks, while the grandeur of the mountains and the beauty of the waters were all about us. it was a noble recreation spell, and I came back from it almost as well and young as I was before I went to California last November in pursuit of03431


Davenport, Iowa

Date Original

1904-08-23 00:00


Original letter dimensions: 30.5 x 22 cm.

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