Saturday, Aug 29, 1874- Went out to Shandaken by morning train after blackberries. A blind man named Hinkley got me 12 quarts but failed to get all I wanted. I left two pails which he is to pick and send to me. There seem to be a great many summer boarders through the valley but they are leaving for the city. A few trees on the mountain sides just begin to fade a little and in the Beaverkill swamp the cardinal flower was in full bloom. The weeds and growth along the streams are very pretty now. I noticed on the brook above Laments how the values of the greens were enhanced by the red & yellow flowers and the brown ripe weeds. My father & mother and Downing came home last night and very glad we were to see them.