John Muir


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also visited head of Vernal. Iron pipe guard; fine resting spot song of peaceful waters peaceful even in making the grand descent green bank of spray fed flowers and grass the place of rainbows - view looking down hopper - the nameless cliff on S grand as Glacier Point filled with ava rocks clad mostly with Doug Sp. Long difficult trail in need of improvement. Arrive at Yosemite hotel at 11am started at 8. Letters from Louise, Wanda and Helen and telegraphed to Louise arrival from 2nd ex. to High Sierra. Great improvement in health, comprehensive appetite enjoy an easy chair now - enjoyment purchased by rocky brushy toil. Aug 30. Slept late and fairly well - took slight cold from sleeping in room - walked to store - very sahara of road. Fire in morning grateful - very warm in sunshine. Walked to Lamons old orchard, still fruitful in apples and berries keeping sweet the good mans memory no prung no culture of any kind rents with cottage for 50 per year Stoneman H 12 per yr Glascock 800. Sauntered up the moraine from Ill. And Nevada canyon, some large blocks perhaps shaken out ice. Have seen others similar in Norway and other Yos. Same near Hutchings old hotel. Fine encouraging improvements about Nevada rapids and Happy Islands. Aspedium border along island channels, maple, alder, dogwood tall shady, rich soil no fire Islands of washed rock with a few huge bowlders - Azalia 12 ft high few pteres goodyera, dogwood the king here. Aug 31. In the p.m. took a walk in search of my lost cabin as it is now called - discovered after tangly search in the angle formed by the Tenaya creek with the river about 200 yards above the apers, and about 15 or 20 yards from the bank of Tenaya creek. It is completely hidden like a birds nest in a charming luxuriant growth of alder. Balm of galead pine fir and libocedrus with undergrowth of rubus nutkanus, dogwood, azalea, tall grasses, sedges and the finest vase-like clumps of ferns asplenium folix foemina 5 ft dia. and high, mosses etc. The cabin is about 14 X 16 with sharp roof intended to shed snow, walls about 6 ft high built of libocedrus logs. Floor of same hewn smooth also rafters and shingles intended to last long. Here I longed to live in winter after being driven down from the heights by the snow like other mountaineers, but the best laid schemes of all of us gang aft agley. The fire place was never built. I intend to sleep upstairs in the garret cedar lined and snug and to write.

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