[Sarah and David Galloway]
but they float with an air of [ tardy?] settled sullenness past the black yawning fissures and beetling [illegible] rock [illegible] about but which winter has passed [illegible] ice together with the authoritative looks of the high summer sun just at the darkest of the year before any flowers are over head or any of the rock ferns have [illegible] their precious bundles though the [illegible] is [illegible] with the most terrific, roaring [illegible] gnashing fury. Fierce legions come pouring [illegible] from among an upland [illegible] & lake in irresistible haste through broken gorge & valley gateways. All in [illegible] they march to battle. Clad in [illegible] rise high upon [illegible] [illegible] resisting on- [illegible] & with constant victory year by year gain themselves a wider and a straighter way. Sometimes there is a perpendicular rise (of 20 ft) at the DellsKilbourn stations is about two miles below the Dells, we went to the riverside & at once began to find new plants. The banks are rocky & romantic for many miles both above & below the Dells On going up the river we were delight- fully opposed & threatened by a great many semigorge ravines running at right angles to the river too steep to cross at every point & much to [sic] long to be avoided if a wish to [ avoid?] them were possible Those [r?] [illegible] are the most perfect. The most heavenly plant conservationis [sic] I ever saw. Thousands of happy flowers are there but ferns & mosses are the favored ones no human language will ever describe them We traveled two miles in eight hours & such scenery-such sweating scrambling climbing & happy hunting & happy finding enjoyed. The last ravine we en-Kilbourn station is about two miles below the Dells, we went to the riverside & at once began to find new plants. The banks are rocky & romantic for many miles both above & [bear the falls?] On going up the river we were delight- fully opposed & threatened by a great many semi gorge [illegible] running at right angles to the river too steep to cross at every point & much to long to be avoided if [illegible] wish to [illegible] them were possible Those [illegible] [rivers?] are the most perfect - the most heavenly plant conversations I ever saw Thousands of happy flowers are there but ferns & mosses are the favored ones no human language will ever describe them We traveled two miles in eight hours & such scenery such [illegible] scrambling climbing & happy hunting & happy findings of [illegible] plant beings we never before enjoyed. The last ravine we en-
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