John Muir


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Aug 12. Camp head of H H. Spent A.M. washing clothes and self in the river which flows in a smooth stable current about 100 ft wide charming reaches - good fording. A sheep bridge 300 ft long for crossing early in season when river is high and wide. There is quite a fall on the river at the extreme head of valley, not high, 20 ft, but makes roar heard a long way - charming groves of K oak this I think is the most beautiful of all our oaks. The branches so clean and shapely and so intricately woven and interlaced and interarched the foliage so bright and clean and green and handsomely lobed and pointed and held out horizontally- not drooping - even the slender twigs so numerous and unsketchably angled and crossed never droop, hold themselves out with leaves on top bend only with weight lying beneath the trees in bright weather one may realize the tender and intricate beauty of these trees. In old age its branches are broken by weight of snow. Some large live oak here also. The floor of valley was at first twin lakes. The upper live oak here also. The floor of valley was at first twin lakes. The upper of course got most of the sediments from the large streams and first vanished, therefore too it is gravelly and sandy and has trees; the meadows being buried long ago. Some lovely K oak groves at head near the bridge but the main upper part is very sparsely planted with yellow pine no sugar, with only here and there an oak and the

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