June 8/01 Camp on Waddell Crk [Creek] Boulder Basin. Redwood 1 tree SE of cabin 300 yds 16 ft dia 4 ft ab [above] ground one of remarkable group of 6 2nd stump 50 ft h [high] 17 dia 4 ft from ground Fallen trunk all found except extreme top from a foot dia height of tree when it fell approximately 250 ft Many fine trees 8 to 10 ft dia & upwards of 200 ft h [high] around cabin meadow almost perfectly virgin primeval many douglas sp [spruce] with them tall as seqs [sequoias] also chestnut oak agrifolia wislizenia chrysolepis [waxberry] 50 ft high. Magnolia. Foliage very beautiful feathering mixed below with other trees few [places] where tall boles are not [relieved] by [ ] of lvs & sprays. Strawberries ripening. June 9 weather cool. [ ] 2 pairs blanket
June 10 San Lorenzo Crk [creek] on way to Saratoga Springs from Boulder. The whole basin first the best redwood then the poor, their the worst for firewood, [ties], stakes etc. Also for firewood [ ] oak [laurel] etc. The waste in enormous quantities is burned consuming all the young trees. Whatever is left [from] the axe & leaving the ground barren. Strawberries & raspberries black [to] ripening. Young foliage of [Redwood] pretty well developed half way up the mtn [mountain] grade to Saratoga bright tallow. All burned scorched redwood not killed becomes a tower of [branchlets] leafy & close from buds from trunk. All or most of branches usually killed & for many yrs remain
Original journal dimensions: 9.5 x 15 cm.
Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
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