John Muir


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the bedrock, which occurs here and there in large patches without any kind of soil, something like glacier pavements, with pot-holes here and there, weathered out by the rain and wind. Some beds of quartz pebbles with large bowlders here and there. The stream channels very shallow. All signs point to glaciations no great geological time ago. Most of the animals seen today were on the Athi plain, and have learned that the nearer the railroad the safer they are from the attack of either men or lions. A strip along the track a mile in width has been reserved as a game refuge, which the animals have been quick to discover and flock into it, from all the adjacent region. Saw Kilimanjara again this afternoon. Only its broad base was visible. The head and main body cloud-mantled. Saw also many baobas two hundred and fifty miles or more from Mombasa. One stood near the Makinda Station within six feet or so from the railroad track. Met Leslie Simson, Rand Club, Johannesburg, a Californian, and college classmate of John Hays. Feb. 18. Arrived Mombasa at 8:00 A.M. Fine fields and gardens and palm and mango groves. The mango is a particularly larly fine tree, with a very large, dark green dome. The whole tree forming in some cases an almost perfect sphere, densely leafy and brilliant. The very type of tropical luxuriance and health. Not a single imperfect leaf visible. The largest that I saw were near Klinendina. Here, too, there are several rubber plantations. Feb. 19. Very hot and breezeless until about 9:00 A.M. Then came the moderating see breeze. Went to the office of the East African Dutch Line and from the Agent got the number of my cabin on the General, which is expected to arrive within a few days. Sauntered about in the Town Gardens, which are near the Hotel. Had Mr. Alsop to dinner. Feb. 20. Calm and oppressively hot as usual in the morning. Sketched so-called almond trees. Leaves brilliantly red and at a little distance look like flowers. These leaves are thick, large, and shiny, like those of the magnolia. Out on coral plateau with Mr. Alsop photographing baobabs. Suffered with the almost intolerable heat.

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November 1911


Original journal dimensions: 10 x 17 cm.

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