Much of the way from Ouzel creek for 3 or 4 miles pretty hard scrambling. The river runs in a gorge lined with earthquake bowlders, hugs, all the small ones having been carried off by the river in floods. First there is a charming Yosemite valley a mile or two long ¾ wide with magnificent sugar pines and yel. Libo and fir- Concolor with ordinary Yosemite vegetation of the small kind, Rubus Manzanita Cianothis etc. Then comes the gorge mostly V shaped made through interrupting bar of granite. Met a rattle snake while scrambling near the river. The handsomest ever saw black and brown in diamonds. It was quite small and good natured, did not take the precaution to coil just gazed at me and as I passed went beneath some drift wood- I did not take for a crotalus until I saw its ½ doz. Rattles. Started from camp this morning at 7:30. At 11 I am writing three notes in one of the shadiest, handsomest groves by the river brink Silver fir Douglas sp. (met for the first time on the trip At. 6400) and Libocedrus. They all of them are the tallest, slenderest for their age I ever saw, some of the Libo only one foot dia. are over 100 ft. high so also silver firs.
Original journal dimensions: 10.5 x 17.5 cm.
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