John Muir


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Then the river goes on again at the common rapid gaite. At one place the river in beginning, this cascade is only about 10 ft. wide. The river has carried away a considerable amount of rock thus modifying its channel. The rock is shelve, falling apart in layers 5 to 7 ft thick. This is a delightful spot and as the rock of the cross ridge or dam is at low angle one can saunder alongside the glad waters all the way down. The whole descent is only about 50 ft but the rock is so glossy, the speed and energy and lovely forms displaced are unexcelled in this kind. Tend canyon below Braided Yosemite looking up N 25 E. Dreadful hard walking, all a scramble through narrows caused by projecting bluffs. Towards night in pushing through brush and rocks threw my bundle ahead of me, it fell plumb on a rattle snake- he highly indignant crawled away a few feet and coiled and threatened. I cautiously withdrew bundle and passed him a few feet, he eyeing me suspiciously no wonder and struck at me. Made camp on a bowlder very sloping, not easely climbed, made comfortable by row of stones that barely would like for bed and fire, and awaked only 4 times to mend fire - 25 ft dia. On river brink where flows grandly broad reach it enters another Yosemite at entrance of big tributary abig bluff on N, the huge walls 4.000 ft or more on S. Glorious forests all around same bluff side Sketch and magnificent woods of tall yellow pine, libo, fir and alder. Aug. 10. 2nd Bowlder Camp. Curious sky like surface of much crevassed glacier crusty looking dead calm only leaves of K oak slightly moving no doubt from the breath of the river. A mile and a half below 2nd Bowlder camp more bluffs crowd the river and it falls rapidly. One cascade of 30 ft begins the long rapids. Alt. river here (1 ½ mile below) camp 4900. 2 miles below 2nd Bowlder camp another lofty moutonee bluff crowds the river on the N side causing cautious scramble 100 ft or so above river.

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