Aug 11. Seri carpus camp - Alt river 4350. Not far above Hetch Hetchy on S side the river, upper end of what I hope is the large gorge compelling considerable scrambling and climbing to get around the river washed precipices. Strange how the roar and boom of a heavy water fall when the wind is blowing rises and falls at one time almost hushed and again increased to tremendous volume of sound. Saw S flocks of half grown mountain quail today feeding on grass needs I guess as they were all in dry ripe grass. They were in the Yosemite just above Hetch Hetchy. Saw black flycatcher here. The above mentioned Yosemite is 1 ½ + ½ to 3/4 ; the main upper part meadow mostly and level, then a moraine dam stretched across and below it the valley slopes and is a charming sunny park. The walls lofty but not very striking in sculpture; on the whole a charming place - There is a good ford near foot of it for man or beast - no large bowlders all broad and shallow, a lovely stream. The N wall 1000 ft up is clothed with sabine pines. El. 4.100. Above this ford, two or three miles the river has many small falls of 10 to 50 ft. The large body of water makes a fine show and with this cascades and falls alternate with beautiful pools, the largest 200 yards 1 or so. The walking or climbing is desperately trying hereabouts as the river sweeps the feet of huge rocks over which one must climb especially on the south side of the river.
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