John Muir


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Columbia ; red and yel maples and pop; one species of poplar white under side turned by wind seem in bloom. River like pond above cascades for many miles; no doubt by slide perhaps by earthquake hastened. River much narrower above Bonneville, fine views up and down. Mending sliding road now. Island - like outlines of tree masses, 2nd growth like island ends in Alaska; some few aboriginal giants in middle like spires of buildings, thoughtfully beautiful; islands fading in smoke fainter and fainter, overlapping fine expansive effects. Found Dr. Chance in good health, took me to Commercial Club, met Lieut. Wood who went with Inds to hunt goats in Gl Bay mtns; went up to Pacific Gl, saw Inds killing seals; then went up Muir Inlet a little way on gl E side, then up hills for goats; killed some. Met Hawkins who found charred wood on Helens and impressions of trunks wh had been burned out. Dogwood on River bank red stemmed, in flr and fruit. [Sept 10] 8 A.M. Spokane. Last eve lovely purple sunset on river looking down past bold headlands feathered with D spruce; as common on nottom to Dallas and colored maple 2 sp; ash leafy in rich masses, shadows between; Inds camped on bare lava points. Talked with Mr. Crocker of Wallawalla, once Ind agent. This morning passed thro’ the celebrated wheat country, the most fertile region I have seen in all the wild wide interior of the continent; busy harvesting now, headers and self - binders. Surface rolling hills, but fertile to top, deep fine - grained soil with few exposures of bed rock. No hunger there for man or beast. Churches, schools, jails all do well. Saw Menzies along Columbia above Dallas with thick yel bark like ponderosa. Saw larch with yel p and lodge pole between Palouse and Spokane sprinkled pretty regularly all way to Spokane and beyond; fine woods from 20 ms beyond Spokane Eward. Scenery fine at crossing of Priest River; in many places larch the principal tree in woods, especially in bottoms. Trace it

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