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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 14, July 5, 1853

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Identifier: DX04043737

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 14, July 5, 1853

Description: Describes a walk through the Catskill Mountains.

5. Tuesday. Up, (after sound sleep all night) by 5 1/2. Out to the little streamlet in the thicket with [Alfred] Waud & Dillon [Mapother] designing a bathe. The shallow little steam was all choked with rocks; but after following it for some five minutes we came to a spot where lavation was practicable. How fresh, how deliciously cold was that morning’s dip! The calm pure solemn sunlight shone high on the tree tops, the little brook gurgled and rippled amid the huge stones, raindrops from last nights storm sparkled on the leaves of hickory, oak and maple, luxuriant and beautiful ferns grew all around, and there were flowers, blossoms and greenery all around. Below we came upon a pod where the water was damned up till such time as the advent of a sufficient number of visitors to the little Shanty over hanging the Fall, justified the elder Schutte, (father of our landlord, and a mountain-bred communicative old man,) in letting the waters on. Breakfast being over, we all descend to the depths of the Fall, at first winding along the cliff to the right among the tall trees, then down steep ladder staircases and rocky foot path skirting the mountain’s side, till we stand at the foot of the first fall. A huge semicircle of rock arching over, a little streamlet plashing down to a depth of 180 feet, partly breaking against a great projecting ledge halfway above. Any amount of timber strewn about hiding rock and stream, partly carried down by freshets from a dismantled sawmill, partly hurled down for the delectation of visitors. High up and all around tall trees and rocks. Below is the lower fall, some 80 feet in depth, the water ruffled and rippled by projecting rock. Down

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-07-05

Type(s): Diary

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Catskill Mountains (N.Y.)


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