Rambles Overland; A Trip Across The Continent by Almon GunnisonRambles Overland; A Trip Across The Continent by Almon Gunnison

Rambles Overland; A Trip Across The Continent

byAlmon Gunnison

Paperback | February 7, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1884 Excerpt: ... place than the sunny orange-groves of Southern California. Some one has said, "There is a wild man sleeping at the bottom of every drop of blood in human veins;" and we are certain of it, for we have strange love for vines and flowers, the tangles of untamed woods, and most devoutly hold that next to a little child a tree is the fairest thing God ever made. There is no spot in Europe so beautiful as the plains of Lombardy, between the alabaster spires of the Cathedral of Milan and the Alps. Patient industry has softened the ledges into soil, and the fruits of every zone have changed the fields into a magician's gardens. The orange and lemon, great thickets of oleander with spikes of pink like flames of fire, the darker cypress, laurel, and myrtle, all are here, and the tourist walks among them with wondering apprehension lest the conjuror's spell will break and the fair vision pass away. The Alps brood over this scene, and above the twining vines of this delicious region there is the subtle tropic air which makes the days spent on the shores of Maggiore days of enchantment. Southern California in many ways rivals this fair spot in Italy. The mountains are here as they are there; not lofty like the Alps, nor covered with eternal snows, but scarred with such traceries as old Time makes. There is lacking, too, the subtle charm of water, which, Goethe says, " is to the landscape what the eye is to the human face;" but there is here the same luxuriance of nature, the splendor of the same foliage, the same grace of color, the magic of the same sensuous, dreamy atmosphere. Nature is prodigal of her favors here, and it was not wonderful that under the shadow of the old Spanish missions there should have been distilled out of this perpetual sunshine a dreamy life, l...
Title:Rambles Overland; A Trip Across The ContinentFormat:PaperbackDimensions:46 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.1 inPublished:February 7, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217540457

ISBN - 13:9780217540452