John Muir


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Aug. 7. Great white day, not a cloud. Camp head grand cascade, Morning yesterday was all bright, no clouds nor thunder- save thunder of the rejoicing waters. The walking below Deer Grove very tedious with heavy pack, yet I stood it well. The night very windy, gusty and cold; slept very little. The moon a fine study as it swept across the sky silvery the trees it passed. The effect was every strange in relieving a small portion of tree the size of disc while all the rest was in dark. Looked like two droll maskers dancing on the very moon herself. Had men been visible on the moon the effect could hardly have been more startling. Lilies and Spiranthes very abundant at head of 1st. grand, fine sugar pine 5 ft. dia. a little bwlow the brow the first I noticed Pellaea densa abundant at head and along sides. Subertia and Brodaeia housatonia, St Johnsworth, Milfoil. Goisseberry, Cedar pine, contorta etc. Trees and flowers in groups and mats on aprons and ledges all the way down. One grand wheel half way down or more many smaller ones innumerable masses bounding into the air straight up or leaning as if suddenly bursting into bloom lay on margin tremendously exultingly wild yet it flows or pours through a gander At foot grand cascade 7480 At head 2nd cascade 7430 6850 ? There is an island with one tree on it in mid of cascade 1st. grand- and after reaching level bottom the stream divides and encloses a fine rich filled up lake basin full of fine timber and grasses etc a favorite bear field about half a mile long. Here I noticed Libo for the first time coming down Sugar pine also becomes abundant - one Libo 6 ft dia, Pellaea densa very abundant also Chulanyhy. After running to foot of this rich flat the two branches of the river unite at the south west corner as if seeking a way there, but baffled by t a rock dam it turns flows back along side of it and escapes that way- Then flows gently gliding a few 100 yards to head of 2nd grand.

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