in half darkness, in the morning as they catch the sun rays on their outstanding bastions and spurs and domes or in full flood of noon radiance, or in storm or cloud-capped and swathed, they grow in bulk and beauty and grand God-like repose. A man who has the strength and freedom that belongs to poverty and youth. June 8. Calm morning. Breeze up the va as usual begins to blow about 9A.M. and continues until dark, then calm and starless sky stretches across from wall to wall. A few white sailing clds every day appear at nine and vanish before sunset. At 12:30 P.M. set out with Robinson for top of the 2d Sentinel wh is a majestic rock 2500 ft h with gable front facing the valley and level roof stretching back to intersection with the vast vert front of the Grand Sentinel, the summit of wh rises nearly 1000 ft higher and whose face, along wh we climbed, is about 3000 ft wide almost absolutely vertical. We fond remnants of melting of avas ½ m l reaching down to 1000 ft ab val. The talus, up wh we climbed to the foot of Grand Sentinel, is composed of the largest blocks I ever saw, one over 100 ft cube. Magnificent sugar pines grow on it, 6 ft dia. Wonderful growth for such soil.
Original journal dimensions: 9 x 15 cm.
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