John Muir


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crooked notch with steep walls, the current visible only at rapids here and there. From the end of plateau where the horse trail ends the river may be reached by foot trail, descent about 1200 ft. This lies to west of lunch ground. Another way to east where Hana crosses to mine by a boat. Found 2 pillars in cliff fissures and a cheilanthus on rim rock; many fossils, shells. 19th. Snow storm bean Noon. Breaking of sun in rift up val of Bright Angel, and one tower after another gloomy, vivid, gloriously luminous seen through veil of falling snow. Black abyss to west. Snow bloom for all dead flrs on every rift and ledge; a new world; pearly gray flower-like bloom; towers gradually dimmed like sun in haze yel. Then all shut out leaving only our gloom; grained by falling snow; leaving only the stunted pines and the cedars leaning over gray gulf. Sn crystals at

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Original journal dimensions: 9.5 x 15.5 cm.

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