John Muir


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Sells hay to campers. Aug 28. Fine treizy day with few clouds threatening early a storm - sky indigo blue a couple of days ago. The ride to-day up the canyon of river on side or along bottom wild picturesque - Granite and lava. All tops lava - Granite with well developed clog joints. Some of lava in Yo of Doug. trap well developed. Summit with many glades and meads. 9.600 ft high trees mostly contorta and albecaulis. Saw many fine Monticolas in can. To-day but no mtn. hemlock. Libo on sunny side up to 8.000 or more. Magnif. Juniper where lunched at 8.200 perfect in form dense massive foliage no dead limbs even on old ones 6 ft. dia. Great variety in habit open or closed many graceful drooping ends of branches and summits. Aug 29. Cold blowing night with flying clouds. Alt 8.600? Timber large contorta and albecaulis- dome of latter 50 ft high growing with contorta bark here and on dwarfed summit trees pink purple not white. Saw woodchuck yesterday white acres nose - black tail yellow chin and belly hoary back handsome animal watching us intelligently with curious gestures as we looked down on him from above. Dr. Meriam photographed him. Found large band of sheep in reserve - 6.000. Tamarac pines here, largest 4 ft dia mostly dead at top. Lightning - few killed 7ft high. Young very vigorous crest feathery. Albecaulis 30 to nearly 50 ft high in clumps of 3 or 4 - branches ascending - get photo very little fruit this year. Contorta fruitful always everywhere. Clarks - Gray gloomy ashy landscapes. Ride to Junction down West Fork of Walker and up another fork flowing N large as W.F. to junction of Wad to Carson from Bridge - port, very interesting, at 7000 a few contorta, glanduler ceancthus, pine, cedars, wild rose. Magnif meadow at foot of steep part of grade 2ms. 1. Half wide hundreds of cattle on it, said to be in reserve- once lake - gl - gran Gl from Tower peak 30 ms. Distant great moraines latter 600 ft high. Lava on one side granite and metamorphic slate on other. Granite bowlders scattered on lava very conspicuous. Other meads. Well irrigated covered with hundreds of cattle occurring here and there along river.

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