West Walker River Near Wellingtons Station, July 11th 1878 –
Dear Strentzels. We are now fairly free in the sunny basin of the grand old sea that stretched from the Wasatch to the Sierra. There is something perfectly enchanting to me in this young desert with its stranded island ranges. How [in margin: 665] bravely they rejoice in the flooding sunshine endure the heat & [illegible] All goes well in camp. We have ridden our first 200 miles. All the Indians we meet are harmless as Sage bushes though perhaps about as bitter at heart The rim here goes brawling out into the plain after breaking through a range of basaltic lava. In three days we shall be on top of Mt Grant, the highest peak of
West Walker River
1878 Jul 11
Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 12.5 cm.
Muir, John, "Letter from [John Muir] to Strentzel [family], 1878 Jul 11." (1878). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 431.
Reel 03, Image 0850
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