to Canadian Narrow Gauge for Shelby Junction, a ragged, jiggly, out at - elbow RR 8 ms per hour over dull treeless bunchgrass region. At Junction change again to Great Northern at 12 midnight for Belton. Go to bed 1 A.M., get up at 4 A.M. in the pass clothed with spruce, pine and larch. July 16. Arrive at Belton in glorious northern woods at 5:35 A.M. Meet Pinchot with delight. Went to his camp on the bank of Flathead River and had coffee. Tall Monticola, majestic larch, ditto spruce Engleman, alba and perhaps Menzies. Contorta very like Yellowstone Murray but with generally thicker bark and darker, longer, slenderer lves and more pointed cones; noble balm Gilead, 3 species spiraea, rose eraligus, clintonia unift habenaria, partridge berry pyrola, thoneseo, Menzusia and glorious beds of Linnaea, best ever saw. Rode over to McDonald Lake 3 ms over drift. The lake one of finest ever saw. Mtns nemophila blue at sunset reflected in still water. Fishing trout. July 17. Go to Ava Lake 1 m l in grand amphitheatre; walls 3 to 5000 ft h, water milky from small gl not in sight, 4 ms wide, 3 long? Gl traces v high, 300 ft. Goats ab, sheep few. Magnif Monticola and thuya veratrum with yel flr, Vaccinium, finest beds of Linnaea with flrs all lokking one way. At eve with Pinchot on lake, lovely, ethereal. July 18. Walk from end of lake 8 ms to Belton; eat dinner there, 3 or 4 houses. At 1:30 take freight for Columbia Falls; dull place, good
Original journal dimensions: 8.5 x 14.5 cm.
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