John Muir


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hills and mts. Dry, dusty, cldy, calm. Walked S of town on hills, rather sparsely timbered with yel pine, white oak and checkered-barked cedar. The best of pines had been culled by loggers for mill here; lumber sent some of it to S Cal. Needles stiff, radiant, rather long; cones small, break at base on opening, 2 to 3 in l. Height of trees about 40 to 75 ft; dia 12 in to 2 ft. Cedar – 1 had dia over 4 ft, grey unfirous curiously checkered bark, wh when killed drops of to the wood in blocks; such cube piled at foot of tree; massive round heads, dense foliage, many branches, younger almost spherical. Undergrowth, cerarno, enrogoum, linosyris, etc. 16th. On rim of canon at sunrise. Tips of towers and faces of red and yel and lavender walls catching the light and beginning to glow. Who can fail to admire the mtneer’s sheep looking on this world of cliffs ½ doz seen on trail. P.M. Walked eastward 3 ms to McNeil pt 2 sp of Yucca commonest with leaves about 8 to 10 in l, rather narrow, soft with filaments curled on edges, but with spiny point. 17 Went down canon – 9 to 4:30, with 2 hrs for lunch. Trail might be greatly improved. 1 place travelers must walk. Fine circle of changing views all the way down. Doug sp small 10 to 18 in dia near head of can, pines, edulis not ab mostly on plateau. Yel 100 to 2 dia in hollows of plateau. Small birch towards head, 10 in dia (brush) oak white, small hop, hornbeam

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