This story has to do with the hidden city, and tells of the ancient civilization of those who lived in the Copan valley
thousands of years ago.
It is remarkable that the visionary propensity I have mentioned is not confined to the native inhabitants of the valley
, but is unconsciously imbibed by every one who resides there for a time.
So his mother told him a story that her own mother had told to her, when she herself was younger than little Ernest; a story, not of things that were past, but of what was yet to come; a story, nevertheless, so very old, that even the Indians, who formerly inhabited this valley
, had heard it from their forefathers, to whom, as they affirmed, it had been murmured by the mountain streams, and whispered by the wind among the tree-tops.
A vast valley
now spread itself before the travellers, bounded on one side by the Wind River Mountains, and to the west, by a long range of high hills.
I little thought, as I shuddered at the question, that in the space of a few weeks I should actually be a captive in that self-same valley
It was yet in the distance, In the bosom of the green valley
, but they could perceive that it consisted of numerous lodges, and that hundreds of horses were grazing the grassy meadows around it.
The sole effect of her presence upon the placid valley
so far had been to excite the mind of a solitary heron, which, after descending to the ground not far from her path, stood with neck erect, looking at her.
It ended abruptly in a sheer wall thousands of feet high at the base of which stretched a level valley
, broken here and there by low rolling hills and little clumps of forest, and with tiny rivers formed by the melting of the ice barrier at its base.
Several minutes were consumed in silent admiration before they noticed two very singular and unusual facts about this valley
Here lay a desolate valley
--a shallow, narrow valley
dotted with stunted trees and covered with many great bowlders.
Copper, and all that it stands for,--practically one-quarter of the world's supply, as I have shown you,--is a big thing, how big, even we can
And that is the first I remember of the Sea Valley
," Long-Beard went on.
At the salient of that second angle was a large flat rock, jutting out northward, overlooking the deep valley
from which the road ascended.
Santa Cruz -- Expedition up the River -- Indians -- Immense Streams of Basaltic Lava -- Fragments not transported by the River -- Excavations of the Valley
-- Condor, Habits of -- Cordillera -- Erratic Boulders of great size -- Indian Relics -- Return to the Ship -- Falkland Islands -- Wild Horses, Cattle, Rabbits -- Wolf-like Fox -- Fire made of Bones -- Manner of Hunting Wild Cattle -- Geology -- Streams of Stones -- Scenes of Violence -- Penguins -- Geese -- Eggs of Doris -- Compound Animals.
Wait till we strike Pajaro Valley
," he said, when they had passed Gilroy and were booming on toward Sargent's.