37 almost insignificant banks low treeless unpicturesque, at one place very narrowly contracted in gorge so that at low water can almost be jumped. Some places crags crowned with castles. Every [bald] sheerwalled crag has been utilized as a stronghold in the days of fighting. One castle right on the brink of the fall left side. At Basle the river is a broad stately clear stream seems to show life apart 38 from natural flow- the channel appearing level. Not navigable to any great extent above Basle. Used mostly to float timber to market. Fine trout in Lake Constance. Baggage examined 5 or 6 times between Basle & Rhorsack [Rorschach] a sublime nuisance & discouragement to travel.
Original journal dimensions: 8.5 x 14.5 cm.
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John Muir, journals, drawings, writings, travel, journaling, naturalist