"Pop suddenly slipped and nearly tumbled into the hot water that lay on the thin crust of the basin. He grasped frantically and in so doing kicked the girl's foot so as to shove her towards Win."
"As we were going swiftly down the side of one of the hills, I saw out of the corner of my eye the President taking a header into the snow."
For Mother's Day: Some fun family adventures.
“Umbrellas and cayuses don’t agree.”
"Driving at all of fifteen miles an hour, [the boat] crashed with the shattering force of a battering ram. Indeed, it speaks a lot for her construction that she simply telescoped instead of resolving into cosmic stardust.
"We wondered where it [the handkerchief] had been when lost to sight—what it had seen underground, and what tale it could tell if gifted with speech.
" It seemed to me ... that I might hold my own with the old-timer if I judiciously painted up a few lies gathered in the course of my wanderings. Yankee Jim saw every one of my tales and went fifty better.
"Each member, as discoverer, should be entitled to five claims of two hundred feet each along the gulch. ... What shall we do with the rest."
While the explorers always had be be alert for the dangers of Indians, wild animals, and strange geothermal features, they also found ways to have fun.
All that hot water prompts experiments and hijinx.