Herbert W. Gleason
HERBERT W. GLEASON83 PINCKNEY STREET BOSTON, MASS.ILLUSTRATED LECTURESAlaskaThe Canadian AlpsYellowstone ParkIn Thoreau's Country Wild Flowers of the Rockies Bird Life Etc.Boston, Dec. 18, 1907.My dear Mr. Muir:I fear you will set me down as a worthless kind of muggins to be so neglectful of the promise which I gave you that Mrs. G. and I would call and see you again before we left California. I assure you that such was truly our intention and desire. I had the tickets to Martinez in my pocket all the time - and have them yet, - but Mrs. G. did not return north again after going to Los Angeles, as we planned, and when I returned I had to hurry away to Seattle and Portland on lecture engagements and then had to hurry back to Los Angeles for more lecture engagements. So I missed you entirely, for which I am very sorry.There were a good many things that I wanted to talk over with you, and it is not very satisfactory to use a typewriter medium; but unless you are coming East very soon, this is my only resort, for unfortunately my tickets to Martinez do not cover the distance between here2and SanFrancisco.I had a great time on my King's River trip. I particularly enjoyed the horseback ride in from Millwood - partly, no doubt, because it was such a contrast to what I had seen (and felt) during my two days' enforced stay at the Sequoia Hotel (save the mark!) in Millwood. In the canyon I made my headquarters at Kanawyer's, visiting various points in the neighborhood, ascending Bubb's Creek to Bullfrog-Bryanthus Lake, and climbing Kearsarge Pass and Mt. Gould. Unhappily, my time was limited (by another lecture engagement at Los Angeles) so I could not visit Owen's Valley or climb Mt. Whitney.But I was supremely interested in the Sequoias. This was my first sight of them, and I took off my hat in adoration. No temple made by man, however stately and beautiful, has begun to inspire within me the reverence which I felt when I first gazed upon these forest giants. I spent a whole day tramping about in the Gen. Grant Park all alone and would fain have stayed there six months. The one thing above all others which draws me to California and makes me eager to visit the state again is the Big Trees.I enjoyed especially the trip through03995
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