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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 15, July 5, 1853

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Identifier: DX04044636

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 15, July 5, 1853

Description: Describes a walk through the Catskill Mountains.

this last July four years back a young fellow stumbling from the edge went crashing on to rock and pool below, broken limbs and contusions the result, albeit he survived the injuries. / To the foot of the lower fall, and there all four seated on a monstrous boulder of rock lying half athwart the stream, beside a rustic bridge, we gazed upwards for a good hour or twain, [Alfred] Waud & Dillon [Mapother] sketching the spot. The little Shanty above, with pole and pendulous basket (for the purpose of lowering eatables to below,) looked small enow. Anon visitors, ten, twelve or more, both men & women, (being a party from the Mountain House.) And the water was let on, increasing the little stream perhaps ten-fold, adding mightily to its beauty. Presently we commence progress down the river’s bed, stepping now from stone to stone, now on planking and drift wood, (with which it would seem there had been intent to choke the stream,) now on fallen pines and cedars, from the cliff path above. Devious progress was it, and hot withal. At length we mount the path, and soon overlook another Fall, pretty enough. three or four broad or narrow jots of white water plashing down from no great heighth. I & Mr [Henry] Hart bathe in the pool at their foot, Dillon & Waud having preceded us. Also we have a notable shower bath, and the bright July Sun shining in all his glory an Iris is formed, so that I stood encircled by a Saint-like halo, — a nimbus of exquisite colors. Back, through a forest path, skirting the stream on the right, and at length up those pitilessly steep ladder stairs to the house by 3 o’clock. Being ravenously hungry did justice to dinner. Talk awhile afterwards. Dillon & Waud off again. I went up stairs, read awhile then dozed. After

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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