John Muir


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trout in lake. He complained of sheep men driving over his claim wishes to be a ranger. I walked all the way up to the head of pass 10 ms. From Farringtons without great weariness and well enjoyed the scenery and recollections. A chain of lakes some handsome Red Lake largest. Albicaulis extends good way down 2000 ft. A few Flexilis - Contorta to plain along stream. The canyon not a simple groove though it looks like one from the plain. The canyon not a simple groove though it looks like one from the plain. It is nearly straight the tribs on either side balancing nearly. Vegetation coming back now sheep are out - yet not near primval beauty. Sheep occasionally enter the Mor portion of the park to disgust of Mr. Grose. Conania still in flower. Camped on side of upper meadows to S.W. of head of pass, broad valley with gently sloping sides diversified yet but simple, massive with gentle declivity. Sep. 3 Rained last evening. Wet blankets - snow on summits - fine day warm magnifc clouds weather fallish - wind sighing. Rested on sauntered most all day. Sprinkles at night. We sung Mr. Bailey caught pouched gopher Mr Croters white footed mice and Tamies Alpinus. Small sharpeared pale yellowish, stripes not reaching to hips. All pines show effect of storm winds up from lowlands to summits, heads leaning E-ward second branches except in groves. One twi 1 ft long 86 yrs old 1/8in diawood, bark 1/8 together ¼ dia. At alt of 9800 or 10.000 near Mono trail where contorta is principal tree and on mors. Attains great size. Many 3 ft dia a good many 4 ft 80 or 90 high Most dead at top from lightening or gnawing or porcupine some large trees nearly killed by these happy animals which in winter seem to live wholly on bark of contorta, skinning even the topmost branches 50 ft or more from ground. Chiefly a nocturnal beast hiding in rocks seldom seen some not large 50 lbs or so eats albicaulis bark also. Berries redfruited maple lvd ribes still have fruit here in large patches very prickly, Castellira, little blue, lupin, soledago many Ergerons large and small. Meads covered mostly with rushed and sedges filiform lvs.- many grass on dry mors. Sep 4. Walk to Soda Springs Fine mead

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