[in margin: Charlie Keeler]
Castella, Shasta County, Cal.
August 16th 1903
My dear Mr. Muir:
What a wanderer you are! I have no idea where to address you, but will send this to Martinez to be forwarded. All the spring I thought of going to see you, and planned for it, but Louise was not very well and I had the misfortune to become entangled in one task after another, that left me no freedom. Then you went off to the Yosemite with the President, and whisk! before I knew what had happened you were started for the ends of the earth! What a royal good time you will have of it, so happily companioned and in such far wildernesses!
Our summer has passed quietly enough in this woodland nook beside
loving greetings to you, and wishes for all happiness and success upon your journey.
From your friend
the rushing waters of the Sacramento. I have had some fine tramps to the heights - on the McCloud trail where one may find superb views of Shasta and the Crags - to the summit of the Crags themselves, and up and down the river.
We have watched the blooming and seeding of the wildflowers, the nesting of the birds, and all the wood folk at their feast of nuts and berries. Louise has been making designs from the wild-flowers for decorating a new collection of my songs, and I have been finishing a set of children's poems "Little Songs of Sunland", which I commenced for Merodine some years ago.
Now we are turning our thoughts homeward after nearly three months in the pine woods, and in a few days more we shall be in Berkeley ready to settle down to our tasks for the winter.
Louise and Merodine join me in
Castella, Shasta Co., Calif.
1903 Aug 16
Original letter dimensions: 21 x 26.5 cm.
Keeler, Charles, "Letter from Charles Keeler to John Muir, 1903 Aug 16." (1903). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 2689.
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