[Louie Strentzel Muir]
We reached here safely last night and will start for Hetch Hetchy day after tomorrow, we had a most delightful trip in with cool weather fine comfortable stage, good horses and smooth roads, It was snowing a little when we got to Hazel Green but it didn't seem very cold. The [crowd?] is just fine, everyone is having a fine time, is jolly and eats and works well. Last night we slept out under a sugar pine and this morning I felt really rested for the first time in over a month. To-day we have just loafed and breathed [pine?] [illegible] and looked at the pines and the river and been perfectly and absolutely happy. We all look like dagoes already and no one would
ever think that we had been civilized mortals only two days ago. I am writing this curled up between a big fire and a sand bank on the side of the south fork of the Tuolumne Every once in a while some one throws a pine cone at me and a coolish wind off the snow scatters leaves and sand over the paper so this letter will be both disc[illegible]ted and blurry. Everything up here is just at its best and there is not so very much snow, the air is fine and I feel as if I could walk fifty or so miles with out half trying, but I just lie here and feel happy and have only walked about two or three. The horses come tomorrow. I havent heard anything from papa except that
Crocker's, May 19th
I am beginning where Wanda left off. I have just finished my breakfast and am sitting at the foot of a big Sugar pine in the sun. Every thing is perfect, and I do feel so healthy and lovely. Our party is just the right size and the boys are so good about helping and take every thing as it comes with a joyous contented spirit, like old campers. Robert is fine and does most of the cooking, and every one is so happy.
Yesterday after coming back to Crocker's from the south fork of the Tuolumne, who should we find there in front
the president had [struck?] for the woods and had not been seen by the expectant people in the valley. The stage tickets that we were worrying about were alright as the people who had return tickets could go on the stage too. Frances [Yearhart?] met us in Merced for a few minutes. The hotel at Coulterville is fine and as it was cool the whole place seemed more attractive than when we saw it last. We eat as if we hadn't been fed for months and hard tack seems delishious . The cake you sent in was eaten on the stage and seemed vastly better than any cake that had ever been made before, you have made friends for life of all the boys by sending it.
Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 17 cm.
Muir, Wanda, "Letter from [Wanda Muir] to [Louie Strentzel Muir], [1903 May 19]." (1903). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 2641.
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