John Muir


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The colors partly from water & from sky.

The lake calm until towards evening in sailing across the mouth of Crystal Bay heavy swell—found fine safe calm anchorage & harbor at old log slide on the E side of rocky point S shore of Crystal Bay—just enough of sandy flat to sleep on between boulders—good fire good bed of dwarf oak—[ vacciniifolium] was visited by fisherman complained that trout were now less than one tenth as abundant as formerly on acct [account] of the killing of the fish that run up the creeks to spawn. [McKenny] says that the fish are [now] appreciably less abundant. Tried to buy a fish but the fisherman said he required all he had to fill a box for Truckee. Trout sold at 12 ½ ct per lb. The timber is being harvested like a crop about the NE shores around Crystal Bay. Company run the wood & lumber thru tunnel to [Voigt ] r r [railroad]

[sketch: all cleared, flume, and RR [incline], mill]

Lumber is hoisted by windlass on incline. water for flume is drawn from two basins then run to E. side of range thru tunnel a mile long.

Sailed early landed at Hot Springs |0| [between] Crystal & Agate Bays. Several Hot Springs near lake nearly boiling. Baths fine location on N end of lake.

Landed in Carnelian Bay no [gems] found by us. The shingle mostly of polished black lava pebbles. Rough water high wind P.M. hard work pulling around Observatory Pt [Point]. Camped eve [evening] of 5th on gravel at Island [House]. This island is 2nd in size low & mostly covered with willows.

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Original journal dimensions: 8.5 x 14.5 cm.

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