John Muir


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49 [we] preferred walking. From basin to basin the clashing rejoicing stream makes its way. about 5 ms [miles] up it divides into 3 wh [which] come together in hopper like basin the meeting of singing waters, lace falls fold over fold, the waters first [churned] to foam wh [which] form white heads on the folds & curves of woven sparkly lace patterns give rich thick sumptuous look except on their edges in wh [which] the patterns form & fade slowly showing how the rock looms work. under the [heaving] over folded parts small sheer [drops] in channel the slow sheets held back by friction drop in an under fringe

50 wh [which] remains constantly the same & are seen white & linear like short fringes through the upper folds. & the general songs are glorious. Keen clashing sounds like castanets [upleaping] crisp spray & & glorious deep solemn overtones. the very voice of the granite wilderness. Above this meeting place, at 10000 ft [feet] a wide open val [valley] glaciated rocks & [encumbered] with rock avas [avalanches] & the trees of snow avas [avalanches]. Grand mtns [mountains] with fine sweeping lines & several domes in mid [middle] of basin burnished. one small lake on main stream & many higher at foot of main pks [peaks] meads [meadows] gentian clover etc [geum] at

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