Jervis McEntee Diaries

Friday April 4, 1884

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, April 4, 1884, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Friday, Apr 4, 1884 Bright and cold with wind brisk from N. W. Not a very enticing day for a mountain ramble, still I had my breakfast in my room at 7 and went over to the Pa. R. R. depot where I met our party consisting of Mrs. Pychouska, her daughter, Edith Cook, Eugene, Miss Barstow, Miss Skilding, Mr, Matthews and Mr Sargent from Boston and Mr. Thompson from Brooklyn. The wind blew a gale and as the train sped along we noticed the distant hill tops were covered with snow. We called it a party of Pneumoniacs going Dunderburghing. We got out at Caldwells and immediately began the ascent of the Dunderberg. Soon came to snow and on the top found it six inches deep. Went along the whole crest through the snow and among the brush the wind nearly taking our hair off. Finally we struck a wood road which we followed down the mountain to "Doodletown" where we ate our lunch behind a big rock, after which we followed the road around the point of the Dunderberg back to Caldwells where we had to wait three and a half hours for the train. We reached the city at a little after 8. Our feet were soaking wet. In spite of all the disadvantages we had an enjoyable day. I came to my room and changed my shoes and stockings and went up to the club where I had some supper.

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