20 The E & W Summits of Johnson Pass about equal in height 7200 ft? Granite v [very] crumbling straight slopes. V- shaped at bottom Earthquake (old) subsidence of talus back of Genoa several miles long. Probably equal in age with Yo [Yosemite] taluses. Carson Val [Valley] 5000 ft. Wheat ripe 1st Aug [August] Cherries, pears apples berries etc. [sketch of Yosemite taluses] Extensively prospected for gold—supposed to indicate fault in the Bedrock $100,000 spent in one tunnel an instance of popular blundering of wh [which] the world [hears] much less than
21 scientific failures. As clergymens sons are said to be [eminently] [wicked] July 9th 78 Indian rye in flr [flower] grows throughout the Carson foothills., among the nutpines & junipers. Gilias, White prickly phloxes Yellow Crucifers Eunanus [eriagonae] wild roses near water (very fine) Immense deposits of rolled boulders not very firmly rounded. Evidence of glaciations in the peaks with subsequent washing floods cloudburst region. Few meadow patches edged with briers & willows. Poplars on heights. 8 or 10 species of insects ab [abundant] [ ] on summit of Carson Cone July 9th. White butterflies. Lady Birds in myriads. [Winter] under stones huge flies cactus on summit & phlox with few grasses .
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