John Muir


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streams charming meadows hills moraines.

5th day. Raining, [Hailing] rough thunderstorm crossing continental divide lol [between] waters of Pacific & Atlantic.

Norris Pass rough edges in [ ] quite marked. Beautiful valley of Shoshone Creek above Lake grass everywhere Elk trail on trail a few hrs [hours] old.

Took refuge in grove to dry. Rain also in P.M. fine spruces & pine. Strange disease among 2- lvd [leaved] pines affecting young & old. one or more swollen knots on trunk & [leaves]. Very striking when almost whole forest is affected

many small boggy streams corduroy bridges & fine falls & cascades on Fork of the Madison. [sketch of two trees with knots on trunk and leaves] or

fire hole. v [very] picturesque. [finely] flred [flowered] Mossed ferned [groves] reached Geyser basin at 4 PM – [nearly] sick in eruptive stomachs in harmony with Geysers

About 6 o’clock alarm sounded about camp that the [B ] was "goin' off” a small vent a few feet to one side was spouting to a height of 3 or 4 ft called the indicator as sure sign of the [B ] eruption. went across river to the [gen] [general] [place] of eruption deposit to the small well-[sketch] like orifice somewhat [ ] in shape from wh [which] name is derived A group of waiters [gathered] about 25 or so Chinamen in front many noisy boys & a crank tall with [tall] [hat] cracking jokes. [She] [was] a goin “ look out old [man]

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