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The top of the continent; the story of a cheerful journey through our national parks (1917) (14784574992)


The top of the continent; the story of a cheerful journey through our national parks (1917) (14784574992)



Identifier: topofcontinentst00yard (find matches)
Title: The top of the continent; the story of a cheerful journey through our national parks
Year: 1917 (1910s)
Authors: Yard, Robert Sterling, 1861-1945
Subjects: National parks and reserves
Publisher: New York, Chicago (etc.) C. Scribner's sons
Contributing Library: The Library of Congress
Digitizing Sponsor: Sloan Foundation

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is the way they get around the rules. It is harmless enough. It does not hurt the spongy bark to shoot a sharpened stick into it. The bark is a foot and a half thick. I'm going to do it, too, cried Margaret. But Jack was already sharpening a stick, and after many tries he succeeded in so throwing it that the pointed end penetrated and held the bark ten feet or more above their heads. **It is only polite, Margaret said, **to leave our cards when calling. General Sherman wont forget us, now. The next mornings walk through the tangled Giant Forest was an experience full of pleasure. The extreme luxuriance of growth astonished them. Gigantic sugar-pines here reached their limit of two hundred feet, and the Douglas fir vied with them. Yellow pines, their bark figured like alligator travelling-bags, Margaret said, abounded; monsters sometimes even equalling the firs. The variety of cone-bearing trees was surprising. There were cedars of magnificent proportions. All the pines and firs were festooned with
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Photograph by Lindley Eddy Sugar-pines in the Giant Forest 204 THE TOP OF THE CONTINENT bright green moss, which hung in long plumes from their trunks and boughs. The sequoias alone carried no moss. But in this forest of conifers were found also deciduous trees in large numbers. Live-oak abounded, andoaks of many other kinds. Maples, sweet-scented bay, birches of large girth with curling coppery paperbark, grew in thickets; while passage was often difficult through the luxuriant tangle of bushes of innumerable kinds and varied beauty. And here and there, sometimes alone, generally in groups scattered or closely bunched, rose the gigantic purplish-red columns of the sequoias. It was also a forest of wild flowers and a forest of birds. The children shouted whenever they broke through a tangle to find before them one of the towering monsters. There were so many of them! They found the Abraham Lincoln Tree, whose diameter is thirty-one feet, and the William McKinley Tree, which, though of small





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