[Ezra S. Carr]
2I started two weeks ago today — Dr Kellogg. Keith, Muir & Myself. Each well mounted, with Manuel and Allie to drive the two pack animals, and return with the horses we rode. Without a trail other than the one we made, the boys were to return for us in ten days. through some twelve miles of forest lying between the Yo Semite Valley and the Tuolumne. or rather the summit of the [underlined: divide] between the latter river & the Merced. Sunday morning Allie turned back with the guide & eight horses. & we moved on. Each carrying his pack. Muirs had two pairs of blankets & provisions for two, weighted some sixty 7[fa?] not far above we could see that the river swept the canon wall. Camped at four o’clock, and Muir commenced the task of cutting down a tree – a yellow pine nearly four feet in diameter & perhaps eighty in height. The river ran with a strong current & narrow channel at this point & a bridge we must & would make. There was only Allies hatchet to make it with. The next morning after four hours [illegible]ious] chopping our tree fell, just as Ive rushed, but the fall & river were too much, the great log snapped like a thread & went down stream. We crept on to find another tree with the right leaning and in threading the mazes of a tributary found a necklace of beautiful cascades. Camped at the junction of the Tuolumne & the [illegible] and 06388
[Yosemite Valley, Calif.]
[1873 Jul 11]
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