August 23, 1864: Wawona
[Today] we got to Clark’s Ranch, on the Yosemite trail. Hoffmann was in a bad state; indeed, we could scarcely get him so far.
This looked like civilization. We met Mr. and Mrs. Ashburner, Mr. Olmsted, and other friends, who had been at Yosemite. You can imagine the joyous meeting. We were a hard-looking set—ragged, clothes patched with old flour bags, poor—I had lost over thirty pounds—horses poor. We camped here and hoped for Hoffmann to recruit….
King had big pile of letters for me. Over twenty and spent the rest of the day between reading letters and talking with my friends but did not finish either.