He asked us what part of this sierra was the most rugged
and retired; we told him that it was where we now are; and so in truth it is, for if you push on half a league farther, perhaps you will not be able to find your way out; and I am wondering how you have managed to come here, for there is no road or path that leads to this spot.
Among the company at the door were the mineralogist and the owner of the gold opera glass whom we had encountered in the Notch; two Georgian gentlemen, who had chilled their southern blood that morning on the top of Mount Washington; a physician and his wife from Conway; a trader of Burlington, and an old squire of the Green Mountains; and two young married couples, all the way from Massachusetts, on the matrimonial jaunt, Besides these strangers, the rugged
county of Coos, in which we were, was represented by half a dozen wood-cutters, who had slain a bear in the forest and smitten off his paw.
To waylay and harass a band of trappers with their pack-horses, when embarrassed in the rugged
defiles of the mountains, has become as favorite an exploit with these Indians as the plunder of a caravan to the Arab of the desert.
It is thought by some that, after death, they will have to travel to these mountains and ascend one of their highest and most rugged
peaks, among rocks and snows and tumbling torrents.
These were small and rugged
, but eminently snug and clean.
The path led straight up a rugged
sweep of loose chunks of pumice-stone, and for about every two steps forward we took, we slid back one.
Out they toddled from rugged
Avila, wide-eyed and helpless-looking as two fawns, but with human hearts, already beating to a national idea; until domestic reality met them in the shape of uncles, and turned them back from their great resolve.
When they came to the mountain it proved to be a rugged
, towering chunk of deep green glass, and looked dismal and forbidding in the extreme.
So, by taking care not to exhaust his strength, he grew as strong and rugged
as a boy may be.
But nothing of all this was noted in that company; its members were not overmuch addicted to idle interest in matters of no practical importance; that was obvious in every line of their rugged
faces--obvious even in the dim light of the single candle.
Day was already breaking in the east, and the summits of the great peaks had turned rosy red, while the valleys still lay in the shadow, when they found themselves with the cliffs on either hand and the long, rugged
pass stretching away before them.
And yet with all this rugged
pride of manhood and self-help, was there ever soul more tenderly affectionate, loyally submissive to what was really higher than he?
Whatever the creations might be they seemed very like the rock itself, for they were the color of rocks and their shapes were as rough and rugged
as if they had been broken away from the side of the mountain.
His spare jaws, rugged
mouth, and square brow were not fashioned on the lines of beauty; and he had passed through many hardships and sorrows which had marked his body as well as his soul; but though at first sight Anne thought him plain she never thought anything more about it--the spirit shining through that rugged
tenement beautified it so wholly.
A broken field of black basaltic lava, thrown into the most rugged
waves, and crossed by great fissures, is everywhere covered by stunted, sun-burnt brushwood, which shows little signs of life.