John Muir


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reappeared. 9:15 A.M. Barometer 2300 and clear. Woods now full of larh as well as pine, both remarkably tall, 100 feet or so, 2 to 3 feet diameter, with clean shafts growing on dry as well as meadowy ground. The soil gravelly, bouldery moraine. Spruce also. Birch also as good tall trees. In the sandy region, 40 to 100 miles back, the broad flats where moist, abundantly covered with willows, making willow meads hundreds of thousands of acres in extent. Here and there attempts at farming. Lovely flowers, blue erigerons, etc. Cold wind blowing at . 9:30 A.M. Fine gently sloped glacial hills on either side. An engine put on here to push. Many fire-killed patches of forest by recent fires. After leaving the very wide sandy valley and entering small ones among the hills, forests have greatly improved. At 10:15 attained height of 2850 feet, noticed low flat patches of heath-like plant. Perhaps bryanthus. Bush potentilla, yellow poppy, anemone. 11:00 A.M. L, 3 2:00 P.M. Magnificent smooth forested scenery on either side of valleys and plains. Valley of selenga now running up right bank broad over-pastured meads, sheep and cattle, horses. Haymaking going on. Elevation 2400. Temperature 2:30 67. Bluebells, gentian, and the lilac daisy or aster which seems ineffably lovely as we whirl past. 3:05 Elevation 2450. Run through short tunnel. 100 feet from timber as usual a good deal burned. Little difference in either forest or general scenery until night.

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