John Muir


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Left Martinez for Calistoga 7-40 AM Oct 27/96 [1896] arrived 11 A. Drove to Petrified Forest P.M. 6 ms [miles] Oct. 28 to Geysers 26 ms [miles]. Rough road 8 hrs drive Return to Calistoga in 7 hrs Oct. 29 . Cost $3 private team to Forest. 12 to Geysers & return. Fare from SF [San Francisco] to Calistoga & return $4.40. Napa Val [valley] beautiful fertile famed for noble lobata oaks, fine farms vineyards & residences picturesque hills & mtns [boundary] shaggy with shrubs & trees, mostly oaks & 2nd growth Douglas spruce with few redwoods in shady ravines near Calistoga. Noticed conifers redwood, doug sp [douglas spruce], pinus attenuata, sabiniana, pinus ponderosasa, & sugar pine on mtns [mountains] toward Geysers beyond Knights Val. Tumion ab [abundant], oaks, Californica, lobata, chrysolepis, agrifolia, Douglasii, dumosa. Maple ab [abundant], Alder, willow, overgrown with wild Vitis, & Clematis, Umbellularia, several sps [species] of Ceanothus (tree form), Garrya.

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