than those of Yo and open into magnificent basins rimmed with lofty snow pks of noble architecture instead of being lost in a comparatively simple forested plateau. They are also more numerous. The Yo has lofty mtns only at head. This on three sides and the depth below the general average level of the region is at least 2000 ft greater tho’ the depth counting from the immediate precipitous rim is about the same in both. The Kings Yo has fewer and less spacious meadows but more extensive forests parks; 100 times more sugar pine, fewer groves of oak. The dry gravelly parks are the same in both, strewn with brown needles and cones, planted with gilias, spraguea, mint, etc. A bed of lupines v fragrant. This is like the Graden of Eden, said fox hunter, none such in Yo. Brier rose v fragrant, no leaves, delightful about upper meads. A mead instead of Mirror lake, Bear Meadow. Tall lilies there.
Original journal dimensions: 9 x 15 cm.
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