Old geyser holes with century trees in their hollows still full of hot water, of half full; hot steam grateful to Murrayana. Columns and clds with slow or fast motion, white and pearl and purple in the bright mornings very beautiful; clds of the earth rising to great the clds of the sky, here and there a geyser dancing. July 11. Lovely morning, white incense rising from hundreds of hot ftns charming flrs, gentians, eriogonums, penstemons, wytheas, white flax, daises, etc. Fine forest rise, immense basin of Murrayana, Eng sp and subalpina. The largest Engelman 4 ft dia 125 hg, fine tree. Solid forests of this sp on the Continental Divide, a few subalpine and pines flexilis, red flrs both male and female. The loveliest forest carpet of Vaccinnium, fine leaves. Delightful sail on lake, charming views, islands with magnificent spruce and fir, tangled underbrush and gay flrs; ribes, aspen, birch, ledum, phacelia, penstemon, etc. Look like Alaska islands. Found abronia at Lake hotel in sandy terraces with white phlox in abundance. (Ladies at geyser, “I’m glad I’m not in it.” “I wonder if hell is as lovely.”) Nearly all the forest on N side of lake Murray. Height of lake, 8040 ft. Ducks, pelicans, gulls ab. Fine ride to the falls along the river. A broad stately stream as befits its grand source wh may well be regarded as the chief source of the Mississippi. The trees nearly all Murray, v few abies, Engel and pina subalpine. At the head of the Lower fall the four conifers of the basin and plateau are assembled; flexilis, Murray, Engl sp and subalpine. Where fire has not given Murray advantage.
Original journal dimensions: 8.5 x 14.5 cm.
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