ONE OF THE SPARKLING LAKES.
men's Club House. As the lakes are stocked with black
bass, land-locked salmon, and various kinds of trout the
angler is a familiar figure in the vicinity; and the
abounding deer, quail, ducks, and snipe, attract the
huntsman, while the beauty of these unique lakes and their
picturesque environs, though little known to the general
public, induce many a local pedestrian to take the
twelve-mile tramp from Olema, through the forests over the
steep ridges and down among the chemisal and sagebrush to
this Ocean retreat.
Winding in and out like a silver thread among the stately trees and saplings is a little stream which fills the air with freshness and the cadence of a song while hanging in fantastic, airy festoons from the trees which look in consequence like bearded Druids, covering trunks and branches, spreading its delicate, traceries on the rocks, and abounding on every conceivable object are such masses of vari-colored moss that one would feign exclaim, "Surely this should be called Moss, not Bear Valley!" for while the latter roving inhabitants have Iong since disappeared, the former is and no doubt will remain, in evidence until the forest is no more.
It is necessary to see this Valley in order to comprehend its beauty.
One can drive through its cool depths on a finely graded road amid thousands of majestic trees, while here and there an open space reveals the sunlight and the blue sky overhead in con-
trast with the dim, uncertain light pervading its woodland stretches.
No lover of the beautiful can regret a jaunt to this delightful spot, for the charm and witchery of its unique beauty remain in the memory long after the excursion is a thing of the past; even as the perfume of a rose remains after the flower has faded.
The sole habitation in Bear Valley, located in a charming sunny exposure with imposing trees and garden surrounding it, is the Country Club, famous in local circles.
ON THE SHORE OF SHAFTER LAKE.
The deep baying of hounds from its
extensive kennels forms the only discordant note in the
Valley, reminding one that even near to nature's heart man's
inherent primitiveness asserts itself. If, when wandering in
these woodland fastnesses, he (man) would hunt the wild
creatures with a eamera it would require greater patience,
skill and acumen