July 2nd, 1909. Left Mole at 11:30 P.M. July 3rd. Arrived at El Portal, 10:00 A.M., delayed by height of train, 2 engines. Calycanthus in flower. Air exhilarating. July 4th. Fine campfires. Grand circle of faces, a collection from far and near, uncommon. Many from Boston, climbing, visiting, etc. July 5th. Firecrackers, climbing, etc. July 6th. Firecrackers, climbing, etc. Visited Major Forsythe. Major and wife dined at our camp, discussed roads, etc., favor quick construction. Met Mr. Simms at Ahwahnee and Galen Clark. Yellow pines blown down in 1867, wind from west, about 65 trees. Rock by Cathedral fell same year. Azalea just out of flower, but in Little Yosemite in full bloom. A magnificent mass of several acres on south side of river near brink of Nevada Fall. July 7th. Camp in Little Yosemite. Moraines. July 8th. Camp in 3rd. Little Yosemite at confluence of Long Mead Creek. Fine ride through forest up Cathedral Pall trail to summit meadow, thence by new trail to right and down derry down to fine Yosemite. 10 miles. Bush gold cup common. Fine view of Mt. Clark.
Original journal dimensions: 9.5 x 15.5 cm.
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