52 Also yellow dogbane. Bears are capital mtneers [mountaineers]. They have well beaten trails from end to end of can. They are always [ ] never fear to follow find best way round slippery & rocky joints & through densest chaparral. If come to place when he thus had to crawl on belly do not hesitate do likewise, follow. Their dislike chap[parral] of dense kind much as you. Scratch trash if cut through [pine]
53 cones like [indians] Canyon walls stand back for cascades bottom canyon made flat as floor rocks smoother all to suit the genius of the greatest of cascades. No perp[endicular] falls because side trib[utaries] too big & direct in action have cut away the walls. Yosem[ite] high because ice was a flat sheet. Much of ice from overflow of HH [Hetch Hetchy] could not make deep canyon this with [ ] of rock [ ]
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