Aug. 26, 1896. Left SF [San Francisco] at 7 P.M. Daylight 27th below Redding. Oaks mostly small. Mtns [Mountains] 50 ms [miles] Dist [distance] visible - not v [very] smoky. Nearing Redding sabine pine [re entries] nearly all the ground. Mostly small 2nd growth slender & shapely. Many strikingly picturesque soon comes Yel [yellow] p [pine] with sabine. Grape vines overrunning oaks & alders. Live Oak (mtn) along river Yel [yellow] p [pine] on slopes. Sugar p [pine] spreading arms on ridge tops 20 ms [miles] below Dunsmuir. Also Doug. [douglas fir] Sp [spruce] and Libo. & a few Madrona. The Sac [Sacramento] River here very small, more brook. Easily waded anywhere. [ vegetation] [shows] never high, except in short floods. The river seems very young. has no well marked channel, [among] rogh slate & lava wearing irregularly. Giant [sax] [ ] 30 ms [miles] or more below Dunsmuir. Circis Alder Cottonwood, Maple, Kellogg Oak nearer Dunsmuir also small [white] Oak ([ ]?)]. 2 maples, elder etc. 5 / [ ]. [sketch: two needle trees, labeled 1, ] Some yel [yellow] p [pine] needles all [are] hanging (No 1) other [ ] stiffly & [erect ]
Original journal dimensions: 9 x 15 cm.
Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
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