Sketch: a rayed rainbow
Some of rays at times did not point to central as most did. Thus
Aug 2. Up Conness, started 8 A.M left summit at 3 PM. reached camp at 7 Traveled fast walk with frequent short trots – distance about 12 or 13 ms. Rained & thundered all around us. Only the light fringe of one of the storms touched us with thin sprinkle Guide from Yo reported grand flood on Yo Creek & Tioga bridges all carried away
We saw 2 deer, 2 Porcupines 1 Coyote One of the deer a buck with showy horns came bounding down bare slopes of Conness 20 to 30 feet at a jump seen plainly as if [on show] a mile or more as if showing off.
The Coyote was seen near the summit of Conness trotting & loping up v [very] steep snow slope turning frequently to gaze at us, then passed over v sheer divide & down the steep near slope of gl [glacier] on N E side of the mtn.
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The porcupines were near mouth of Snow Crk ? among fallen timber – moved slowly, queer humpbacked gray black animals. One went beneath prostrate trunk & refused to be dislodged by poking with alpenstock. Struck [ring with] heart of it with stout tail [well] armed. As the tree did not rest on the ground, but lay on limbs keeping the trunk 8 inches or so from ground we had good view of the rather large ears, cunning wary black eyes – seemed confident in its armor –tho seldom seen must be ab as the barked pines show. The gray slopes S. of Conness disintegrated granite adorned with handsome evenly planted patches of albicaulis now in flower male bright rosy purple – fertile [very] dark bluish purple like those of foxtail & hemlock. Growth very regular as if shorn off by winds (twigs) as well as boughs pressed by snow
These slopes also adorned with v handsome patches of bryanthus now in glorious bloom
Original journal dimensions: 8.5 x 14.5 cm.
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