John Muir


Helen & [Annie] Wanda [Muir]


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[letterhead][1]July 11 1896My dear Helen & Wanda.I began to write you a letter this morning but had to close it about as soon as I commenced, for Sargent & Gen. Abbott & Hugue & Brewer were watiing to start from the lake to the Falls. Well we had a grand ride, it rained last night & a little this mornig fine hearty big-dropped thunder showesr from big bossy cumulous clouds so everything - woods meadows & wild gardens are fresh & shining & of course the dust was laid. Only the geyers & boiling springs & sputtering mushy paint pots were unchange, winter & summer storms & calms are all 02114[letterhead][2]alike to them Nature seems desperately in earnest here in her big rocky mountain kitchen & keeps her pots boiling no matter what happens. The ride yesterday over the Continental Divide when the streams flow on one side to the Atlantic Ocean & on the other to the Pacific (look at your globe). was delightful & so was the sail across the Yellowstone Lake ground forests & mountains all around it & the blue pure water charms me. Get a map & find this lake. It is about 22 miles long & lies embosomed in dark close pine & spruce woods at a height of more than 8,000 feet above the sea The Yellowstone river flows out of it02124


Yellowstone National Park

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Original letter dimensions: 21.5 x 14 cm.

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Reel 09, Image 0304

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