John Muir


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hiding the snowy peaks never before have seen mountain fields so broad and high for clouds to breed and grow and pasture in. October 4th. Saw the greater part of the mountain Kinchinjinga. Only head in clouds. Clouds today less divided - mostly arranged in successive belts above, while the canyons were filled as usual with glacier-like clouds. October 5th. Last evening ordered horses for the Tiger Hill trip to see Mt. Everest, but no horses came though we had coffee and were ready to start at 4:40 A.M. Went to Observatory Point instead and saw Kinchinjinga. Glorious view, dazzling white clouds slowly unrolling, shadows slowly shifted showing cliffs architecture clearly, and the many small rags of glaciers. Magnificent range of mountains to northeast and round to east, drained by Brahmaputra mostly. Others who went to Tiger Hill saw Everest. Have ordered horses for tomorrow. October 6th. Rain. The Halcyon House is very damp and gloomy and food and service is poor. May rain for day. Have rheumatism, can’t sleep and conclude to go down. Start at 12 M. Rain all the way. Reach foothills at dark. Many fireflies glowing with fine effect in the rich tangled bushes and beneath favorite trees - few on smooth meadows or high in trees. Mostly in brushy levels.

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