July 23rd. Long pull up to top of Rancheria Mountain and a little way down to mead near cabin. Magnificent forest of red Abies and Mountain pine. Remarkably good crop of Abies cones, already 3 inches long though only about a month old. No Douglas to eat them. Have not seen one on trip. Frasera in flower. Large patches of Nythia, Oxytheca, Spraguea, Gilias, etc. Monardella. July 24th. Down to H. H. Valley lovelier than ever. Charming vistas. Oak groves glorious. No mosquitos nearly. Tuanlala dry. Wapama roaring. River moderate height, fordable. Beautiful rieaches, finer than Yosemite. Azalea almost out of flower. July 25th. Walk down valley to lakelet, 6 or 8 stumps, perhaps 100 years old or more. Oenothera tall species, one or two flowers open every evening. Tall soaproot abundant. Colby made good speech generally on H. H. Grand opera. Julius Caesar.
Original journal dimensions: 9.5 x 15.5 cm.
Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
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