John Muir


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dead and decaying reaping machines. Opposite Devil’s Lake a considerable part of the prairie unploughed, the lowe being somewhat alkalilne; water standing in pools. Devil’s L said to have no outlet, and of course salt; gl hollows not yet filled; and tough; boulders more abundant as approach St. Paul. [Sept 13]. Left St. Paul 11:15 P.M. Arrived Duluth 7 A.M. Raining. Leave on steamer 2:15 P.M. Busy wheat and ore place quite large; cold, stormy, dim. [Sept 14]. Clear; arrive at Sault locks at 1:20; magnificent white broad foamy rapids, hills on either side still mostly forested, wild, low, gently rising lobe; gl lines. Double lock; rain; Mackinac at dark. [Sketch]. [Sept 15]. Lake Huron, seldom in sight of land. St. Clair river about ½ mile wide, low banks, forested with low round headed trees. River must have been immensely wider at close of gl pd, banks lined with buildings, island near Detroit evidently a park, beautiful in tree growth. Detroit at 3:40. [Sept 16]. Lake Erie. Think the wild adventurous times drawn so well by Parkman. A shallow lake not likely to last very long, geologically speaking. Arrive at Buffalo at 11 A.M. Leave for Boston at 7:10, feeling very weak and sick. [Sept 17]. Emerge from Hoosack tunnel at daylight, fine green country, rich foliage, many maples and oaks turning red. Rochester a large imposing town. Lost small grip by mistake of a gentleman who left his in exchange. Immense beds of gl drift over all the land. Rhode Island full of factories, Connecticut rocky but prosperous. Arrive at Boston. Arrive at Boston 10 A.M. Go to Adams House and take room with bath; change to clothing; feel weak. Find message from Sargent, who called for me and took me to Wood’s Hole on Cape Cod. Fine woods all the way, perhaps 90 ms. Many fine residences of rich people seeking summer coolness; magnificent asters and goldenrods, deep glacial bays, heavy drift,

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