John Muir


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Austin to Toiyabe Pk [Peak] 26

with Cap [Captain] Rodgers specials 2110

Walker Lake is weird & uncanny looking at first sight - perfectly bald no tree [willow] or even sedgey meadow for a fringe not even a [setting] of gravel or washed sand. It lies naked in the desert lava mountains on the west Wassuck Range send down [many] a picturesquely modelled ridge & buttress that curves out into the water in fine flowing outslip but these also are [plantless] & of a strange color telling of the fiery days of the volcanic period. On the E alkaline desert - wonderfully [free] from angles or any roughness of any kind. The shores seem to float


out over the water for somehow the water does not seem to meet & be bounded by the land but rather to extend [indefinably] under it Yet it is intensely beautiful seen in the purple & gold of the breaking or [dying] day - or when over[ ] with storm clouds. From Wassuck [saw] it in fog clouds 5000 ft thick. with long jagged suntinged [massy] [up piling] & drifting away over the mtns into [Walker] val [valley]

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Original journal dimensions: 10 x 17 cm.

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