John Muir


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as yet scarce influenced by post-glacial weathering. In particular, there is a rock toward the south end of the Bay, perhaps 2,500 feet high, that is an almost exact counterpart of the notable Fairview Dome of the Tuolumne Meadows. That this noble bay is an unchanged piece of Nature’s glacial handiwork I have no doubt. The granite of this region, out of which the harbor has been eroded is extremely hard and coarse-grained. I am greatly surprised to find so clear and noble a manifestation of ice-work so near the Equator. To find glacier domes feathered with palms instead of hemlocks and spruces and pines. Little did I dream that in “rolling down to Rio,” as Kipling says, that I was rolling down into a noble palmy ice land. A single day, a single hour here, is well worth a hard care-laden lonely journey around the world. As for the city, it is grand, as busy, commercial places go. Many fine churches, cathedrals, business structures, where multitudes of money changers

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