John Muir


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I found ripe raspberries yesterday and this morning - Saw a green water snake in Ouzel creek also an ouzel or two and four ducks gliding as if in pure enjoyment down the tossing boiling stream. Have been following a bear trail today. The bears are mostly away sheep-hunting, though the Manzanita berries are nearly ripe. Saw a flock of young half grown mountain quail yesterday the old ones were greatly concerned about them. They flew well when I scattered them. The cock is a much handsomer and large bird than the hen. A few hundred yards below the grove mentioned above. Alt. 6.400. I came to a much largesr one a mile long or so by a ¼ broad where the valley opens- here are the finest Libos I ever saw, some 175 ft. high, trunks with delicate taper without a limb for 100 ft. fine yellow and sugar pines and silver fir on moraine soil- Kellog oak here tall and slender. In the Ouzel creek Yosemite are many lilies among ferns and dogwood the tallest I could just reach to the topmost, flowers 20 or so on a pernicle just going out of bloom. At Hoffman Cascades at 2 pm el 6.250 it descends to the river in a gorge by successive leaps the highest vertical leap about 200 ft. altogether 600 the whole river is foamy above and below its confluence, a small glacier entered here from the Hoffman slope and much more from the overflow of the Dana Tuolumne ice flood which divided against the E end of Hoffman range- About 2 miles below the confluence a canyon puts down which makes a good pass of entry from the head of Yosemite creek basin. A peak stands at the head of it which I have named Yosemite peak dividing the canyon into two branches near the head just opposite the confluence there is an immense beruled massive cliff forming a mile or so of the N wall of the canyon glaciated in noble terms from top to bottom and which I have therefore named Glacier Cliff. Many places the surface is still brightly showing the polish still perfect while everywhere the tremendous rubbing and scaring it has suffered is manifest it is about 3.000 ft high. The mass opposite on S wall between Yosemite canyon or pass and Hoffman cascades rises into a dome called Cascade Dome. 6150 height of floor of Yosemite flat

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