John Muir


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Rather bleak & flat filled in with mor 3rd camp July 2. Camped at S E end of lake on sandy beach. made [grand] fire sage beautiful in fire light grand tea & potatoes. [pamp] of Kings ridiculous.

July 3 landed in rocky cove 3 ms [miles] down the E shore from camp at 8 A.M. to write these notes & rest & botanize. Ducks here & a small Tamias with a voice like robin Saw blackbird feeding its young down on the shore this morning sunrise lovely calm [hushed]. Yell [yellow] amber light touching the mtns [mountains] on W shore Tallack the King tinting lake [purple] yel.

Setting out towards Glenbrook at 10 A M shore rugged many small indentations.

with long rocky points weathered into islets & single [stones] Saw duck brown head with young made frantic calls to her brood to make haste for fear of us. She led them along shore half running half [swimming] making fast time then holding heads low glided among the boulders & hid until we passed.

Saw flock of ducks nearly grown could barely fly, flew a few [rods] & then made haste out into the lake running & wing [beating] a mile or more without taking rest.

Wind made heavy swell in a few minutes—made rowing difficult tho [though] no wind on this side. landed at 3 P M. Parry nearly fell overboard backward 2 ms [miles] from Glenbrook on sandy beach.

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Original journal dimensions: 8.5 x 14.5 cm.

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