John Muir


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41 The medium sized gentians of the Kern loveliest ultramarine blue with round green yel [yellow] spots on each [division] of [corollea] & also down in throat. Grows by stream sides with larkspurs geraniums etc Gentiana simplex in flr [flower] at 2d camp above Crabtree Crk [Creek] Aug 5. Closed in morning. Wonderful unbroken wall 2500 to 3000 h [high], many colors & [tints] purp [purple] gray yel [yellow] rose lavender green. Streaked with cascades. Wall on W [west] side unbroken for 10 ms [miles] Can [canyon] rather wide, much blocked

42 with mors [moraines] & ava [avalanche] debris, rock v [very] hard but weak in structure, all clvg [cleavage] [developed] few absolutely sheer cliffs, hence few v. [very] large bowlders, a beautiful flat. manzan [manzanita], patula [p. patula] & [pinsturium], & [pic] Junipers large. 4 ms [miles] below here E [east] side river several large streams on this side, trail crosses several v [very] rough taluses but mostly fairly g. [good] all the way flry [flowery]. large pale penstemon & many golden rods & astors daisies & lupines Top up Kern fall 10400. 1st meadow basin below 10100. 2d below

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