John Muir


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86 which is said to be the largest in Norway. The roads are excellent, built & kept in order by the government. Hotels along the road picturesque & so are the red jacketed waiter girls. In front of the first hotel there is a fine hearty fall 2 or 300 ft [feet] high descending in, the finest portion of its course in six columns. & there are two behind it close enough to appear in one view making a grand show & grand booming roar. All these falls are dashed about from side to side by by irregular [clvage] [cleavage]. Many smaller falls torn & divided to tatters. The river formed by a hundred falls if beautiful

87 & well fringed & gardened boisterous mostly & foamy & dusty with spray The trip from Bergen to [Vossevangen] by rail. then [Stolcar] to Gudvangen varied & charming. railroad very costly along fiord. much blasting endless series of tunnels. picturesque Then thro [through] wild lake region with grand river. Grand approach to Naradal. has grand dome. The only one have seen in N. [Norway] & it has its [cleavages] imperfectly developed. That is the dome the other series more or less showing endless variety of seams, wh [which] mar its simplicity. Other [ ] quite [Yosemite]. 2 falls at head not vert [vertical] but showy & heavy one vert [vertical] on right looking down. free for 500 ft [feet], not heavy. Considerable talus

Date Original

June 1890


Original journal dimensions: 9 x 14.5 cm.

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