John Muir


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Densely tree and shrub clad slopes very steep, but abundant rain keeps all green. Tea plantations numerous and abundant here and there all way up from plain to about 5000 feet. Bushes are low, bunchy, and look like rows of dots at little distance. None of these plantations appears to be well-cared for. All I saw were grown up with weeds, or grass, said to be profitable. Far more interesting are the grand wild trees in glorious exuberance, spreading their dark green boughs over the steep cliffs. Waterfalls abound and cascades keeping up fine music. The deep whirls of distant ones reminded me of the singers of the Sierra. The railroad is the pride of the Darjeeling people. It is very interesting, the scenery changing rapidly, curves very sharp and numerous, and many switchbacks. The road well built, very costly, pays 12%. Glorious vegetation, the wild bananas or plantain very effective on the cliffs amid other plants, trees and shrubs. This is the busy season at Darjeeling. Had difficulty getting any sort of room, though nearly all the extensive town is made up of hotels and boarding houses. The town is situated on a lofty precipitous ridge, and the falling off places are many, not only for strangers belated, but for the inhabitants, especially in the mists so common here. October 3rd. Cloudy, saw only the base of the grand mountain mass of Kinchinjinga, and the ends of

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Original journal dimensions: 11 x 16.5 cm.

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