31 June 26th Young sage hens 7 in long from bill to tail 12 wing expanse can just barely fly gray blunt billed fellows when caught utter clear piping whistle like boys willow whistles Owen Riv [River] where opens to plain 43 [degrees] V[very] hot 70 in shade 7am Next stream to the N nearly or quite as large but at the same alt [altitude] is 58 [degrees] or 15 [degrees] warmer dif [difference] accounted for by fact that the latter only 1000 ft [below] above the level of Long Val [Valley] is spread out in a lake. The former has no lakes on its lower course but 32 instead leafy gorges down wh [which] it impetuously hastens. Owen Val [Valley] Creek is said to be the finest water in all the region. The above mentioned lake is where the escaped Carson jail prisoners were re-captured. At this lake a remarkable complication in Mors [moraine] is seen the oldest curved thus next oldest thus X X next beside great variety and complexity of [terinmal] receding mors in the space S [sketch: S]
Original journal dimensions: 9.5 x 16 cm.
Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
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