John Muir


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mountain slopes. The road crosses the coast range at height of about 2,600 feet. Part of grade is so steep that the train is hauled up by steel cable. The mountains densely tree-clad. Trees mostly small. Beyond the mountains there is a plateau, diversified with hills and groves and meadows. A good cattle region. Many villages. Was delighted to discover specimens of arcauraria Braziliensis on the plateau fifteen or twenty miles from Sao Paulo, growing among other trees and bushes. Left Santos at 10:15 A.M. Arrived at Sao Paulo 12:50. Rainy all day. Took walks in wide, double avenue, shaded with trees. Seats beneath them. Left Sau Paulo at 4:20 P.M. in sleeper. Saw a few Araucarias before dark. October 14. Drizzly morning. Araucarias in hundreds and thousands. Wondrous sight. Seems to bear fire better than other trees. At 11:00 A.M. still winding among hills of gener prairie table-land. Fine grassy cattle country. Araucarias on the hills very telling, along white cloud horizon. Flat-topped. Old above arrow-head young.

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