John Muir


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irregularly to height of 100 to 200 ft? like inverted waterfall when wind blows aside column of vapor finely seen successive jets varying in height - falling back in graceful streams 1/2 shower 1/2 falls.

[Grand] has rugged irregular basin throws large mass of water in jagged ragged jets for several minutes than with long [drawn] growl the water returns far down the smoking throat then a few minutes rest & again it heaves its water into the sky with marvelous force then quiet again [&] [so] on for [7 ] times also saw Farr, a fine comet-like geyser & many others Indeed the whole valley for miles on both sides [the] river was full of steam clouds ever ascending mingling

with clouds of sky. Stars seen then like morning mists on the mtns [mountains] shining white at sunrise. Some aloft in the forest some in the river, trees about them seeming to be considered one with nature. Trees growing in the rock & [stream] deposited from water & small grasses & asters [ ] etc all seeming to fear not those marvelous boiling pots of nature as if saying in confidence you also are one of us strange tho you are Ouzel dipping in the river by the clouds of roaring geysers heeding not as if at home.

[Chinamen] washing with geyser as tub always boiling

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Original journal dimensions: 10 x 17 cm.

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