John Muir


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Grand gl traces converging near the Springs. Three main currents united here. Ice swept over highest ledge of travertine. Small gl lingered against ledge and scattered boulders of its white rocks, making a wildly roughened field. Not earthquake action as H claims, nor is the ½ amphitheatre seen from hotel part of crater, but hollow of lingering gl. Sunbucusm 2 birches, willows many, 2 junipers, Douglas sp abundant above Hot Springs, mostly dead. Grandest specimen of flexilis here, outline nearly circular. Majestic valley of the Yellowstone from near Springs to Livingstone. July 14. Arrived at Helena after a horrible night in sleeping or rather dying car. Helena a rich town, alive with gold, set in rather bare mtns. Immense beds of washed cobbles. July 15. Left Helena. On Great Northern for Belton. Interesting rise through laval hills along small streams; yellow p and balm Gilead, roses, asters, Mentzelia, etc. Emerge on bare grassy plain along Missouri River. At Great Falls large town change 16 July

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