Louie [Strentzel Muir]
Wellington, January 27th 1904
I arrived here from Auckland yesterday by way of the geyser region, a long rather rough, but very interesting trip overland with about 250 miles of stage riding. The New Zealand hot springs & geysers are not to be compared with those of the Yellowstone, excepting one "the Waimangu Geyser", which broke forth only 4 years ago for the first time. It far surpasses all others as far as known Ill bring home photos of it. A volume with
magnificent cloud banner of smoke & steam ever rising & flying from its towering summit, & a glacier laden mountain we passed by, & the glorious forests we rode through interested me still more, & the broad stretches of blooming shrubs & heathwort etc The fern-thatched gorges & river banks etc etc, how you & the girls would have enjoyed
these Ill try to tell when I get home. The strange & rich vegetation has compelled me to begin my botanical studies over again I had a press made at Sidney & I have already collected & dried over a 100 specimens, recalling my early morning days at the beginning of my studies.
Nothing I have ever seen in books given anything like an adequate description of these noble woods & I begin to think I may have to try
to write about them myself though there is so much on my hands of other work. This afternoon we (3 companions I found on Barbarossa) sail for the south Island where there will be more staging etc but also much glorious mountain glacial scenery. From Christ church I expect to travel alone to the Mt Cook region, perhaps regaining my companions at Bluff on way to Tasmania etc. The weather is delightful midsummer sunshine Wish I could hear from [in margin: from you. I am very well. Love to all. Ever Thine John Muir]
Wellington, N. Z.
1904 Jan 27
Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 13 cm.
Muir, John, "Letter from John Muir to Louie [Strentzel Muir], 1904 Jan 27." (1904). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 2744.
Reel 14, Image 0044
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