John Muir


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39 concealed by ribbons of cedar bark roughly woven into an arch over the nest. The palisades of High Sierra made by gls [glaciers] flowing N & S on head of S Fork of mid Fork thus [sketch: Mt. Humphreys] The scenery of this S F of Mid is the very finest of the range. Its gls [glaciers] some 5 or 6 still feebly living massive & imposing [rivers] & rushing wild cascades & [waterfall] with [broad] simple elegantly curried vals & with finely

49 sculptured peaks make it unrivalled. We little know the grandeur from mtns The basin of Mid Fork is also very grand [abound] in lake & surrounded by mtns. These are Yo [Yosemite] vals [valles] with mtns for walls & with all the snowiness & general alpines of the Alps. Let those who go up the range only as far as Yo [Yosemite] & there presume to compare the Sierra with Alp bide a wee until he see our High Sierra Alps. The scenery of the 2nd great val S of Red Slate Mtn on the East side of range is the most sublime & most varied I have anywhere seen It contains rocks for a dozen Yos

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