43 9750. This basin large 1 m [mile] long, falls or cascades |o| [between]. The 1st fall going up is about 35 ft [feet]. Then a long series of cascades. The last above the upper meadow basin makes in all a descent of about 300 ft [feet] At the head where the can. [canyon] closes the river is seen coming over [brow] in sheer fall then gliding glancing over gl [glacier] polished slopes granite in silvery plumes. No very shiny cascades or falls in all the Canon but many lofty ribbons streaking the walls while all the streams on sides roar well & have many small falls & chains
44 The walls well streaked with avas [avalanches] in winter, walls in many places at right angle for [their] largest often cross the river & overwhelm large trees, most of great avas [avalanches] as shown by large decaying trunks occurred long ago most are young trees. The roar of cascades at high water & boom of avas [avalanches] in snowy winters must be truly glorious. Gentian [on all] up [upper] meads [meadows] simplex only. [Corollas] of Bridges penstemons full of, gather in
Original journal dimensions: 7.5 x 12 cm.
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