John Muir


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Came near stepping on a 4 ft rattle about 11 this forenoon as I Was cautiously stepping and balancing on the slippery bowlders beside the river. I shouted too and drew back while instead of keeping still as usual, crawled away a yard or two as if trying to devine my motives. Saw the moon very distinctly at 9.30 this morning in full sunlight. Trend of river canyon 2 miles above Hetch Hetchy N 60 E and S 80 W. Saw another snake just as I was stooping to drink at the river it glided out of a tuft of sedge got only glimpse of it. Heard a loud whoop or snort as I lay resting in a rough place, a bear I suppose. I yelled for him to keep away, I did not see him. A little after noon came to a delightful Yosemite about 2 ½ ms. Long about half or more wide - the upper portion a felled in lake therefore meadow - lower charming park the river flowing gently after breaking over dam of moraine. The wall lofty but not very striking. Lovely groups of K oak and pine, one oak K 7 ft dia. as beautiful as H H but without falls. A trail from H H leads to it, it is evidently a good favorite place for deer and bear. It is separated from H H by a mile or two of rough gorge. Arrived at H H 5.30 very weary

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