Wanda Muir


Wanda [Muir]


[Louie S. Muir]




Grand Canyon, June 7 1904

Dear Mama

I wish that you could have been with us this morning, as well sheltered from the wind and rain we lay under a large overhanging rock on the very rim of the Canyon and watched a thunder storm roar and flash. The Canyon is the most tremendous and astonishing place I have ever seen and to see it in a storm was unusual and glorious. It makes me feel week and helpless just to think of describing it so I won't try, you have to see it to have the least idea of what it is like and there isn't the least reason why you shouldn't see it for the rail road runs to the very rim.
We are all very well and a very jolly party




We have a lovely camp under a juniper with yuca and cactus plants in bloom all around us. It seems strange to have cactus and juniper together and I can't seem to get used to having to bring muddy water by the bucket full but the view and the fine air more than compensate for the dryness. Day after tomorrow we are going to the petrified forest. All of [Arizona?] that I have seen is wonderfully interesting and facinating, the desert as much so as any of the rest and the air makes one feel as if they couldn't have anything the matter with their lungs if they tried to.
Papa keeps finding people that he knows and the circle around our camp fire




keeps steadily growing. When we were in the dining room of the hotel at Williams I saw a boy who looked strangely familiar and after about fifteen minutes I remembered that I had met him at the Stanford party He recognized me about the same time His name is Burnett and he is a nephew of Prof Dudley whom we also saw and had a nice visit with, while we were waiting for our train.
I think we will get home on the fourteenth. wish I could stay here longer but I'll be glad to see our own Sierra.





Grand Canyon [Ariz.]

Date Original

1904 Jun 07


Original letter dimensions: 27.5 x 21.5 cm.

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File Identifier

Reel 14, Image 0214

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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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