into the 1st cataract. Wanda walked & climbed like an experienced mtneer – showed nerve as well as good judgment. Was but little tired, I a good deal. The worst of way was at lower end of Lit Yo. when river crowd to foot of Aspen crumbled & en-cumbered talus of huge blocks for ½ m. or more. On return the tangled [crackled] brush was rain laden making a tedious wearisome patience-trying job. This however was the only earthquake talus we encountered on the trip, far more must be scrambled through on N side of river but there is less up & down climbing. Trail should be made We found the Parvum lily [“Sierra tiger lily” or the “alpine lily”] in bloom in lit Yo [Spragnia] daisy etc. Rock fern ab[abundant]. A few magnifica firs & Junipers mostly 2 lvd pine & aspen [ ] timbered, woods open at head, dense & somewhat swampy toward lower end Walls about 2000 ft h massive sculp[sculptures]. El Cap-like rock at entrance Con crk & at lower end. Varied polished, smoother, less varied south wall ava [avalanche]swept concave both horizontally & vertically. Sketch: two wavy lines
Prof Faircluff & Mr Eels & Evans went down to lower falls, & returned by the Cathedral Crk Canon, found it very rough – took three days
Wonderful rainbow last night at 5.45. Sprang from Lambert Dome to mtn above Unicorn. Cut by black rays ever changing & clds & rain [streaks] marvillous effect above green meads
Original journal dimensions: 8.5 x 14.5 cm.
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