[Louie Strentzel Muir]
Tuolumne Meadows, July 16
A long, lank Kentuckian named Burkes, Papa and I stayed at the first camp that night and started down the [Tuolumne] canyon very early the next morning, tramped, slid, or crawled as the case might be, all day over awful rocks and through fearful brush, saw the most wonderfully glorious views, had a grand storm in the afternoon, got back to our night camp where the horses were at seven, and back here to the Meadows about nine that same night. Three tired, but very happy mortals. All the people in camp at once tried to find things for us to eat, and built a big fire for us to get dry by. After I had supper I felt as well as ever, and after having slept the sleep of the just that night, would have been glad to do it again the next day.
Papa and Mr. Burkes were alright too, although they stayed in camp and slept most of that day, but the three others who went in did not know the way so well and were awfully tired and scratched up by the rocks and brush.
Helen had gone on all the other trips and enjoys every minute she is here. We are going up on Unicorn Mountain tomorrow and she will tell you about that.
There are a great many pretty little squirrels and chipmunks all around camp, which are so gentle and full of curiosity that they will almost let you touch them. If you whistle to them they will listen with the greatest interest and enjoyment for half an hour or more at a time
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Muir, Wanda, "Letter from [Wanda Muir] to [Louie Strentzel Muir], [1901 Jul 16]." (1901). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 4435.
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