John Muir


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[Oct 21]. Started for Quebec at 7 A.M. by Aroostook rr Canadian Pac and Quebec. Penobscot good sized river, littered with v small saw logs; colors of woods brighter here for first 100 ms. Get into patches of gl wilderness in a mile from outskirts of Portland. Tamarac fine in form and color v ab and beautiful, rivals young of Occientalis; had forgotten it was so handsome a tree, airy, dainty branches ascending, often many delicate slim leaders on top not rigid; the handsomest conifer in woods. Millions of young v spiry Abies brightened with Tamarac and birch, flat moory country mostly, a few hills rolling beyond Milo Junction. Grand gl ms but not telling in partial views; most of hills only drift heaps, at Sangerville for instance. A little beyond this a consid rise is made in the rr track up the side of a broad val with gently sloping hills or mtns on either side gloriously feathered with maple, ash, birch, beech, alder, aspen, a few black oak spruce and fir, the former said to be most ab, small white pine, hemlock, larch, thuya. Moosehead Lake 40 ms long, many islands and capes, forested to water’s edge, gloriously colored maple, birch, ash Tamarac, etc., beech,. Lake enclosed in finely modeled basin, moderately high hills and mtns, plain and gently sloped, water clear, spruce and pine. Stopped over 2 - ½ hrs, cldy. Reached Magnetic Junction by Canada P accom train at 7:50, raining. Went to bed early, up at 5. [Oct 22]. Start on Q at 6:30; forests spruce, hemlock, thuya, a few white p, taller, many mills using small stuff; no color hardly in woods on highest ground 2000 ft? until near Quebec. Mangnif miles of larch, bright yel, a grand show. Between Moosehead L and Magnetic very

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