John Muir


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May 21. Friday [May 20]. Arrived about 6:00 this morning. Lovely weather, the hills back of town streaked with narrow flutings, but richly plant-clad, though mostly very steep. The valleys broad and seemingly glacial, both in trends and sculpture. Drove to Pali up one of the main valleys. A waterfall here and there. Few native trees. The Koa, a species of Acacia, one of the largest and most important and the week as seen in the Bishop Museum almost the most beautiful I ever saw. In the afternoon went to Museum. Prof. Brigham showed us his treasures. Very fine and interesting, building and all. At 5:00 P.M. went to Oahu College to visit my old friend Miss Gradon. Found her well but like us all, older by the fleet-footed years. Stopped for supper with the whole school, then worship, then a series of talks to teachers and friends, then interview with newspaper man and back to ship at 11:00 P.M. May 22. Saturday [May 21]. Lovely weather. Temperature average for the day about 77°. Went to the hills with Prof. Alexander and Miss Graydon, had magnificent views of the surf rolling solemnly into the green fertile valleys from the calm glossy ocean. The landscapes in general, beautiful in verdure-clad mountains, hills and broad spacious vales. Drove high up mountainside through planted forest. Roninia Grevillia, Pythicolubium, etc. Ferns beautiful and abundant. Many introduced plants, nearly all shade and ornamental trees, shrubs, etc., of gardens and park are not natives of the Islands. Sorry to leave this charming island. Arrived at wharf with friends about ten minutes before ship sailed and go aboard, laden with flower wreaths, Plummaria, etc.

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