John Muir


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cherry, rhamnus, lenden, ash, 3 species elm. Woods thin on limestone, much finer on way down on sandstone part way. Some old orchards on top of ridge and coal mines; smilax and grape vines, cordula and a vine like smilax festoon tree and bush, also Virginia creeper. Cedar one of the commonest trees in this region and over much of the state and Tenn, Black Jack and post oak, chestnut, Pawpaw. The view from Monte Sano W and N a broad val (30 ms or so) dimpled with slight hollows and hills, groves, fields and groves of many shades of color, one of finest ever saw; mtns in distance; a most notable ride. The road runs to Gadsden 75 ms along top of mtn ridge. Streets full of drunk and sober soldiers; some of regular cavalry rode thro’ street in admirable order; start of Chattanooga 5 P.M. Arrive at 9:10, got to Read’s Hotel, better than Southern. [Oct 9]. Good breakfast; start for Lexington at 10 A.M. Arrive at 6:20, go to Phoenix Hotel, swarming with soldiers and horserace people; all 3 of us put in one room. The road passes thro’ a poor string of little villages in Tenn and Kentucky until within 25 ms of Lexington where the fields are still green and give evidence of careful cultivation. The road for nearly a 100 ms runs thro’ hills and small valleys with thin limestone soil; woods low and scrawny in most places tho’ many species. White pine, of wh we saw more about Huntsville, appears here and there and mitis and Virginium and perhaps regeda; also a little hemlock in ravines and along streams where the trees in gen are richer in lves and larger. A few places picturesque, mostly low hills, the roadway a succession of outs and fills, trestles and tunnels; perhaps 50 tunnels mostly short, many rather sharp curves. Hickory ab and many oaks, some fine color. [Oct 10]. Drive this morning to stock farm; saw 2 famous stallions, Patchee and something the Black, a perfect beauty; green fields, good pastures

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