John Muir


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3:10 P.M. Barometer 1000 feet. The view lovelier than ever. The main valley floor level 2 or 3 miles wide, dry meadow, lovely tones of green, pale yellow, dark green and brownish trees round-headed along river, browny willow, birch, oak, etc. Innumerable peaks and ridge waves of mountains rising behind one another. Most distant 100 miles. None over 5 or 6000 feet. All tones of blue, celestial on fineness, few cumuli for snowy range to add sublimity bo beauty magnificent. At sunset, Barometer 700 feet, a singularly even and gentle slope from the head of meadows at east side of Yolo Pass. Here the meads have graduated into a wide plain but still fertile, this side. Mountains have swindled into long low ridges fading into plains which shows only faint lines of wavelets to indicate glacial trends. Scarce a tree in sight, even in distance, thousands of young sprouts of birch, a foot or 2 high, are scattered in the grass - a telling story of influence of fire. The deposits also graduated, all grow finer from rough mors of summit to sands of the plain, a most instructive lesson. (Sketch: View from RR looking SW across val of Yolo 3:10 pm Aug 15)

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