John Muir


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brown, bark scaly or shreddy, pale, nearly white on oldest stems, [leaves] glossy beneath. All the rock in sight seems to be volcanic. Magnificent views of Pavalof [volcano] and adjacent [volcano] about same height [which] was smoking distinctly visible nearly all day. When last seen it had a plume of whitish steam and smoke perhaps 300 [feet] [high] slender like plume of [mountain] quail. Then fog began to set in (4 P.M.) shutting off view of high [mountains] until 7:45 when summit of Sheldon appeared above the [clouds], seeming immensely high, [though] only 8900. Then Isinasky’s wondrously craggy unsketchable top broke forth, a grim sturdy Titan, expressing grim unmanageable strength in every feature. Both were at length unveiled, the one an exquisite type of calm smooth broad based immovable symmetry, the other, of rough powers uncouth gigantic.

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Original journal dimensions: 9 x 15.5 cm.

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