course where foamy falling water so abounds. In spite of sore feet and weariness and the spiky bush leveled against you like bayonets and the rough rocks in battle array, you climb in a kind of natural ecstasy as if lifted by the very spirit of the mtns wh through all the toil seems ever to call, come up higher, and when the glorious summits are gained the weariness all vanishes in a moment as the vast landscapes of white mtns are beheld reposing in the sky, glowing in God’s sunshine serene and silent with devout expression like a human being. This is the true transportation. King Mtn, the grandest of them all, hides, and one must go to its feet to see it and feel it, like grand characters that seem insignificant until known. By work of words, however great, may the tremendous impressiveness of these mtns sculptures be made manifest, at night
Original journal dimensions: 9 x 15 cm.
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