View from head of Lower Fall grand and impressive. The river approaches the trunk in a fine curving majestic current, silvery gray with pale green hollows, trees looking very calm. Then bar of rhyolite and solemn bend over into the abyss. Lovely purple in the spray, a good ledge to view from; waves breaking backward as if afraid to make the leap, holding back; trees looking on calmly. The Upper Fall exceedingly picturesque, rapids above and cascades. Grand view of plateau from hotel. Large Murray 4 ft dia and very shaggy standing alone or in groups; handsome groups of subalpine. Large prairie called Hayden Valley, grassy, kept free of trees by fire; the larger the prairie the more liable to fire. Dense sod no protection against invasion of forest her could fire be kept back, as shown by many small grassy patches covered with most vigorous pines. Winter pasture of Buffalo. July 12 or 13. Start for Mammoth Springs; fine ride thro’ forest, charming meadows with peaks snowy of Gllatin Range.
Original journal dimensions: 8.5 x 14.5 cm.
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