John Muir


[John Muir]


[Wanda Muir]


[in 1890 Jul 15]

.... sounded dreadful, and then they came down towards me and howled and howled, and I finished breakfast and left that mountain, and now I call that mountain Wolf Mountain.
And I climbed another mountain and a beautiful bird like a hen, only far prettier, called a ptarmign let me close up to it and was not afraid, and I was its beautiful gentle eyes and its pretty feathers and its feet with feathers down to its toes to keep them warm in the snow in winter. And the ground in some places was just covered with flowers like a fine garden. I saw a hummingbird and I wondered how the little fellow found his way over the ice so far to these flowers.
I will be glad to get back so that I can see my little girls.
And now here is a picture of my sled, for I think you never saw a sled. It has no wheels like wagons or buggies, but just slides. It was just wonderful how it could jump over rough places if you pulled it hard.
When I come I will tell you many fine long good stories about things.
Write me another letter and your loving Papa will be glad.





Circa Date

[1890 Jul 15]


Original letter dimensions unknown.

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File Identifier

Reel 06, Image 0571

Collection Identifier

Online finding aid for the microform version of the John Muir Correspondence

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Environmentalist, naturalist, travel, conservation, national parks, John Muir, Yosemite, California, history, correspondence, letters



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