Lake in the High Sierra was the inspiration for Mr. Hand's garden in
El Cerrito. 52 miles east of Jackson on Highway 88, on the
Immigrant Trail, this was Mr. Hand's favorite place in nature, the "most
thrilling, intimate, and puzzling space" he had ever experienced.
He described the lake as "a deep blue arabesque sunk in swirling
masses of pale gray granite. By the lake were granite-floored 'rooms'
with shelves, benches, and boulders from which sprung trees gnarled
by the alpine winds. Shrubs and flowers crept between the granite slabs,
forming natural rock gardens."