Louie [Strentzel Muir]
Erected by the State
The Stoneman House,
J. J. Cook, Proprietor
Yosemite Valley, Cal.
Sep. 1, 1895
When I wrote you last I intended only to rest and take short saunters in the forests about Crocker's and Hazel Green and Yosemite until time for home arrived. But instead of this after five days at Crockers I joined a party and set out a second time for the summit peaks on the heads of the Tuolumne and Merced. We crossed the basin of Yosemite Creek when first I began my studies in mountain sculpture. Thence climbed through the grand silver fir woods I had so long ago admired and sketched to Lake Tenaya, thence to the Big Tuolumne Meadows through the hugh glacier domes and groves of lovely Paton spruce my favorites, thence to the top of Mt. Couness a second time and back to the Meadows through a fine exhilirating snowstorm. Next morning all the landscape was pure winter white 6 inches of snow covered out blankets and all the meadows, and on Dana and Gibbs about two feet fell, making, when the sun shone, a truly glorious show. I claimed the storm was mine. Never saw these meadows solid white before in August. Thence we came home by way of Cathedral peak. The daisies and gentians are in full bloom and the storm has not hurt them. The snow was mostly melted the day after it fell. I cant tell here however briefly what was enjoyed in this fine trip. My appetite has come back again and is as comprehensive as in the old days and of course I feel revived. I was very glad to get your telegram last evening. I shall look into some of my best loved nooks here for a few days, then stop a day or two at Wawona to examine the Sequoia grove, then home. The forest floor is gay again since the sheep have been banished, and I saw most of my favorite flowers. Everybody is good to me. Tell Helen and Wanda I was so glad to get their letters. I saw my dear waterowzel on many a stream and a thousand times wished you all with me. Tell them I'll give them many a mountain snowy and flowery story when I get home.
I hope Grandma is setter now the weather is cooling. Love to all. I found a good servant for you, a girl that is now cook at Crockers. With love to all, I am ever your husband,
(Envelope attached addresed to Mrs. John Muir, Martinez, California.)
1895 Sep 1
Original letter dimensions: 28 x 21.5 cm.
Muir, John, "Letter from John Muir to Louie [Strentzel Muir], 1895 Sep 1." (1895). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 3133.
Reel 08, Image 1147