Saxifrage small already gone to seed v. fine pedicularis, blue daisies O mead surrounded by imnse knobby [knotty] [moritoned] rocks & domes spiny 2 [lid] pine on [modestly] marg with groves of lovely hemlock in cool nooks, mtn p. with 2 [lid] in vals & slots & mor heaps on the hlls & |o|[between] domes etc. The mead separated from main Big Meads by bar of rocks [brushed] over wh the river pours in white & gray cascades.
From O mead to 1st Yo one almost continuous series of cascades only here & there calm pool or nearly so out of wh the river hurries on & down to the foot of the deep Yo part of channel caused by Conness crk Gl. One may walk along edge of these bouncing rejoicing rapids all the way joining in the rapt enthusiasm of this foamy singing water
Most of larger party stopped at the head of the sheerest of the cascades, a nearly vertical fall & fine singer nearly opp mouth of Conness Crk from wh a telling view is obtained up its broad dome dotted val
to the mtn of that name, the several other fine mtns to the N of Conness The last is recognized by round summit & monument. A well shaped Liberty Cap in Conness basin & many other strikingly formed [walls]. A few of the party went on to a red ridge ½ m further west for better view both up Con val & down main Tuol Can, but since Return Crk gl shoved the trunk well to the Sward only a short sec of the canon may be seen from here
This made a fine easy trip of 5 or 6 ms or 10 or 12 away & back Much Cass. & bryanthus along waters edge.
Miss Liliss & Mr & Mrs Burkes stayed overnight with Wanda & Mr Sawyer & I at grove at foot of O mead S. side of river, but only Wanda Mr Burkes & I went on down the can next day. We went far enough to see the spray from the 2d last of the grand series of cataracts or cascades extending from the basin of little Yo to Return or Ouzel Crk Yo. Mr B. a strong over-daring climber slipped & nearly slid
Original journal dimensions: 8.5 x 14.5 cm.
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