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The Yosemite Valley (1910) by Galen Clark

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THE following paragraphs, containing information and suggestions likely to be of value to tourists in Yosemite, are re-printed, with some additions, from the author’s book on "The Indians of the Yosemite," published in 1904:

Secure stage seats in advance.

Take only hand baggage, unless for a protracted visit. For a short trip, an outing suit and two or three waists, with a change for evening wear, will be found sufficient. The free baggage allowance on the stage lines is fifty pounds.

Men will find flannel or negligee shirts, the most comfortable.

In April, May and June wear warm clothing and take heavy wraps. In July, August and September wear medium clothing, with light wraps. In October and November wear warm clothing, with heavy wraps. The nights are cool at all seasons.

Dusters are always advisable, and ladies should provide some light head covering to protect the hair from dust. Sun bonnets are frequently worn.

Short skirts are most convenient.

Divided skirts are proper for trail trips, as ladies are required to ride astride. Heavy denim for skirts and bloomers is very satisfactory. Such skirts can be hired in the Valley.

Waists of soft material and neutral shades are appropriate. Avoid white. Something absolutely soft for neckwear will be found a great comfort, both by men and women.

Leggings, stout comfortable shoes and heavy, loose gloves, will be found very serviceable.

A soft felt hat is preferable to straw. One that will shade the eyes is best. A cloth traveling cap is the worst thing to wear.

Smoked glasses will sometimes save the wearer a headache.

Except in March, April, May, November and December, an umbrella is apt to be a useless encumbrance.

If the skin is sensitive, and one wishes to avoid painful sunburn, the use of a pure cream and soft cloth is preferable to water, and far more efficacious.

A week is the shortest time that should be allowed for a trip to Yosemite. Two weeks are better. The grandeur of the Valley cannot be fully appreciated in a few days.

On walking trips, let the clothing be so loose as not to be binding on any part of the body. A light strong staff four or five feet in length will be of much service both in going up and down the trails.

In starting on the up-grade don’t hurry; go slowly; stop often for a minute or two.

Don’t talk while walking; keep your mouth shut, and breathe through your nose. Talk all you wish while stopping for a short rest.

Your lungs will soon get into a more expansive condition and you can increase the distance bet-ween resting spells, and will arrive at your destination in good condition to enjoy the magnificent views.

Those not accustomed to staging or mountain climbing should make some allowance in their itineraries for rest. Many visitors spoil their pleasure by getting too tired.

Take a little more money than you. think will be needed. You may want to prolong your stay.

Hunting, or the possession of firearms, is not permitted in the Yosemite National Park. Fishing is allowed, and in June and July an expert angler is likely to be well rewarded. Rods and tackle may be hired in the Valley.

There is no hardship, risk or danger in any part of the Yosemite trip. Many old people and children visit the Valley without difficulty.

A knowledge of horsemanship is not needed for going on the trails. The most timid people make the trips with enjoyment. Some of the finest views can only be obtained in this way.

There is a laundry in the Valley.

There is a barber shop.

There is a postoffice, telegraph and express.

There is a general store and places for the sale of photographs, curios and Indian work.

Treat the Indians with courtesy and, consideration, if you expect similar treatment from them. Do not expect them to pose for you for nothing. They are asked to do it hundreds of times every summer, and are entitled to payment for their trouble.

Kodak films and plates can be obtained in the Valley.

Developing and printing are done in the Valley.

Take your camera.

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