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our window and sought a place of rest
till the dawn of another day.
The Rim of the Valley.
At 4:30 we arose and looked out
upon the beauties of early morn. In
the east, directly over Half Dome, we
could see the first indications that Old
Sol was soon to make his appearance
at this particular spot. We stood and
watched the cold gray of sky and
rock turn to a soft, mellow light and
the dark shadows in the valley fade
away and give place to tender outlines.
The birds sang their clearest,
sweetest lays, and as we looked
again to the summit, each mountain
peak was sharply outlined against the
dark blue sky, with a cap of silver,
which changed to one of burnished
gold. In an instant the sun stood
forth in all its splendor. The day
was upon us and as we needs must
make the most of it, we turned with
out a word and prepared to leave the
At 7 o'clock six of our party, two
ladies and four gentlemen, took their
seats in the saddle, and with the
guide of the day before,, rode away.
The remainder of the party took to
the stage. For about a mile and a
half we climbed the mountain again,
and were soon at the foot of Sentinel
Dome. Here we alighted and started
for the top. About half way up we
came to quite* a bank of snow and a
frolic ensued. Snowballs flew in every
direction, faces were washed, etc.
Only four of us reached the summit
two of these were ladies. Here, we
were, 8,500 feet above sea level, and as
we looked about us it was like a
mighty panorama. ,
Down we went, and again we took up
the trail. We were headed for Fort
Monroe, a distance of eleven miles,
mostly down grade. For some time we
followed the rim of the. valley and the
scene was exhausting. We dismount
ed at a number of places and walked
to the very edge of overhanging rocks
for a better view. Here the kodaks
were used extensively.. At last we
reached old Inspiration Point,, where
we bade farewell to the grand, su
blime, indescribable scenes' of the
The Dewey Trail..
We soon struck the Dewey Trail,
which threads its way among the
pines and meadows of this vast forest,
where, until within a comparatively
few years, the white man's foot had
never trod. We crossed several
streams, of which the Bridal Veil
Creek was the only one that was at
all dangerous. Here the current was
so rapid and the rocks so numerous
that even after the guide and ladies
were safely over two of the gentle
men absolutely refused to venture.
After much persuasion from all those
on the opposite bank, they urged their
mules in and came out without acci
After six hours of hard riding, we
reached Fort Monroe. The last three
miles was almost straight down and
extremely wearisome. Here we wait
ed, resting in the grass beneath the
shade of a great tree for two hours
for the stage that would take us back
to Wawona. We reached Wawona at
The Grand Old Forest.
Next morning everyone was stirring
at 5 o'clock, and now we are off for
the Big Trees of Mariposa Grove— the
giants of the world. Oh, for the
power of description to make you see,
feel, know, what it means to stand
beneath their shade. For centuries
they have been exposed to the fury of
the elements. Forest fires have
gnawed at their roots in vain. They
are still with us. Three things im
First, their vastness and supreme
Second, you are conscious that they
teem with life in every fiber.
Third, that are yours and that you
Tho personality who would will
ingly deface them in any way would
not be worthy the name of man or
woman. A few of these old monarchs
of the forest have been laid low in the
dust for many, many years, but the
wood is in a perfect state of preserva
tion. To look at them makes you sad,
and how gladly would you restore
them to the spot that nourished them,
but this you cannot do. One of them
is reached by a flight of stairs—thir
teen steps in number— leading to the
top of the log. You go up carefully
and when you set your feet on the
body of this God-like mystery, you
feel that you are treading on sacred
ground. No pen can describe them.
You have doubtless seen the picture,
know the dimensions, so here I leave
you. Go and see them when you can.
We climb silently into the stage,
turn our backs on this wonder of won
ders and ride away. I had a seat in
front and at once was on my feet,
looking out over the canopy top till a
bend in the road obscured my view.
Then, with a feeling I could not ex
plain I bade farewell to these aged
sequoias and settled down to think
of God and his handiwork.
We must cover fifty-two miles dur
ing this day's trip in reaching the
railroad again at Raymond, for we are
now on our way home. We stopped
at Ahwahnee for dinner and reached
Raymond' at 6:15, making the last
twelve miles in one hour and a half —
ten passengers and four horses. Had
a fine dinner and betook ourselves to
our car, which was waiting for us.
Spent the next day, Thursday, at
Fresno. Rather hot, still we made
the best of it. Took train again at
5:30 and reached Los Angeles at 7
: o'clock sharp the next morning.
■' Well, we have been to the Yosemite.
' We have clambered over its rocks,
1 drank, its waters, gazed spell bound
on its wondrous wonders, and are
thankful to God that we are home
' again, safe and sound. Go thou, and
1 do likewise.
True friendship goes all the way.
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