Sunday, May 6, 1883 The rain had cleared and the wind blew from the N. W. Snow could be seen in the hollows of the mountains and it was cold. After breakfast at 9 Thurber got a carriage and in company with the carpenter whom they were consulting about a house we drove up to their site a very commanding situation near Parkers where we spent several hours looking over the ground and discussing building. Found some "Spring beauties" and indications of the spring were seen in this high region. Returned to the house and after dinner about 230 started in a carriage for Catskill. They are building the rail road to the Mountain House and Schults. It crosses the road at [?] Haines saw mill and skirts the slope of the hill to Schutts and is to be finished in June As we drove down the Clove the wind blew and a thousand tender memories of our early visits there with dear Gertrude and Gifford came to me and gave me a sad and homesick feeling. We crossed the West Shore rail road back of Catskill and construction teams were at work on it. At Catskill we crossed and took the train. I got out at Rhinebeck and they went on to N. Y. Crossed in a row boat and reached home about 7.30.