Vacation Tramps in New England Highlands

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Houghton Mifflin, 1919 - Mountains - 164 pages
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Page vii - Thousands of tired, nerveshaken, overcivilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home ; that wilderness is a necessity, and that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only for fountains of timber and irrigating rivers, but as fountains of life.
Page 77 - Being impressed with the evils attending the extensive destruction of the original mountain forests of our country, and being mindful of the benefits that will accrue to, and the pleasures that will be enjoyed by the citizens of the State of Vermont and the visitors within her borders from the preservation of a considerable tract of mountain forest in its virgin and primeval state...
Page 135 - Katahdin is the best mountain in the wildest wild to be had on this side of the continent. He looked at us encouragingly over the hills. I saw that he was all that Iglesias, connoisseur of mountains, had promised, and was content to wait for the day of meeting. The steamboat dumped us and our canoe on a wharf at the lakehead about four o'clock. A wharf promised a settlement...
Page 3 - ... vicinity, the best part of the land is not private property ; the landscape is not owned, and the walker enjoys comparative freedom. But possibly the day will come when it will be partitioned off into so-called pleasure-grounds, in which a few will take a narrow and exclusive pleasure only, — when fences shall be multiplied, and man-traps and other engines invented to confine men to the public road, and walking over the surface of God's earth shall be construed to mean trespassing on some gentleman*...
Page 5 - ... whole people. 2. The classification of all public lands is necessary for their administration in the interests of the people. 3. The timber, the minerals, and the surface of the public lands should be disposed of separately. 4. Public lands more valuable for conserving water supply, timber, and natural beauties or wonders than for agriculture should be held for the use of the people from all except mineral entry.
Page vii - If these pages can serve as a finger-board to indicate some of the 'wildernesses' of New England that await the foot-free rover, and the ease with which they may be reached and enjoyed, their object will have been attained." That they will do this and much more the popularity already achieved by the little book amply attests. It is an interesting coincidence that what may be called the "personality" of a New England farmhouse should make an almost simultaneous appeal to the creative instinct of two...
Page 148 - And as for stunts to satisfy the nerviest of cliftclimbers there are enough and to spare on the walls of the Basin itself, including the ascent of the Pamola Chimney, in the climbing of which one may readily imperil his neck , and all his limbs, at one and the same time.
Page 49 - ROCK satisfaction in the frugal Yankee mind, it had been something short of extravagant in expenditure. We had lived well, and had indulged ourselves in numerous lifts by train and automobile, yet the average of our daily costs for the fourteen days did not greatly exceed three dollars. Switzerland might be able to beat the experience in thrills, but not in reasonableness of cost and in thorough satisfaction.
Page 157 - Advertisement inviting proposals for carrying the mails of the United States on...
Page 30 - OR the professional hobo New Hampshire is a most inhospitable region. For the hiker it is a paradise.

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