John Muir


[John] Strentzel


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grateful heart & a brave little tamias that carries his tail forward over his back & here & there a hare. Immense areas however are smooth & hard & plantless reflecting light like water How elequently they tell of the period just gone by when this region was as remarkable for its lavish abundance of lake water as now for it’s a[illegible]ity. The same grand geological story is inscribed in the mtn banks – Old beach lines that seem to have been drawn with a ruler [illegible] the successive levels at wh the grand lake stood Corresponding most significantly with the [illegible] of the Glaciers as marked by the terraced lateral Mora[illegible] & successively higher terminal Mora[illegible] After crossing the sink we ascended the Mtn range that bounds it on the E 8,000 to 10000 ft high. How treeless and barren in seemed. Yet how full of small charming gardens with mints primroses brierroses penstinious sp[illegible] etc, watered by trickling streams to small to sing audibly. How glorious a view of the sink from the mtn top. The colors were [illegible]ffully lovely as if here nature were doing her very best painting. But a letter tells little. We next ascended the Augusta Range – Crossed the Desetoga & Shoshonee ranges then crossed Reese River Val & ascended the Toiyabe Range 11000 ft high. lovely gardens in all. D[illegible] here the true Pinus flexilis at 10000 ft. It enters the Sierra in one or two places on the S extremely of the Sierra, E flank Saw only one rattlesnake. No hostile Indians had a visit at my tent yesterday from Capt Bob one of the Pi Ute plenipotentiaries who lately visited[in margin: McDowell [of?] San Francisco. Next address, for two weeks from this date Eureka Nevada]


Austin, Nevada

Date Original

1878 Aug 5


Original letter dimensions: 31.5 x 20.5 cm.

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Reel 03, Image 0866

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