John Muir


John Muir


Helen [Muir]


Funston Camp, July 13,1908Darling Helen.Its just 2 weeks since I started for the Sierra, my old home & I find it hard to leave. Am feeling so much better, almost like myself. I intended to leave the party at the soda. aprings above the Upper kern Lake & return by the giant Forest & Visalia, but couldn't help coming up higher. We just returned from a trip to the basin of the Grand Arroya near the kahn & had grand time. July 15th. Failed to get this letter into the mail. Expect it will go tomorrow. Have not yet heard from you but expect a letter by next mail. My address, as given in other letters is c/o Sierra Club,Mineral King, Cal.about 114 set out yesterday for Mt. Whitney & I intended to go also, but my horse was required by a party going to Mineral king & tho getting strong did not like to take so long & hard & hurried a walk, So am taking my ease in mine parlor under the Kern Cottonwoods & pines, 6600 footies above the yellow torrid plains of San Joaquin, looking at the trees & lilies etc. & drinking snow water & its music. Oh the glorious crystal floods how they clash & surge & chant on their bowldery way through the wilderness.l've been lecturing & talking, tongue on sounding on about as ceaselessly as the passing waters, but tomorrow I think I'll steel out of camp for a quiet day along as of yore.I am always turning to you wishing you were well enough to be here. But the air the fine is not so downright delicious at daybreak as it is on the Mohave or Arizona plateaus. Hever mind, my darling, we will with God's grace have many a glorious trip together.I suppose I'll be back home in bout a week & than if you need me I'll make haste to the desert & tell you this. kern Mountain story.Remember me to all the kind Van Dykes & Funks, Heaven keep you safely my darling & may you ever feel me neat however high the mountains & broad the plains between us.Your friend, father & loverJohn Muir


Funston Camp

Date Original

1908 Jul 13


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File Identifier

Reel 17, Image 0743

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