When I beheld these [new] [solid] wild [animal] sheep progressing over [angular] rocks & up slippery slopes of ice-burnished granite I was eager to understand the mechanics of its rare locomotion. It was as if I had witnesses the flying of an animal for the first time & I would hardly have been more astonished had these rams taken to flight up the face of the canon wall. The poetry of the antelope movements in bounding curves were [unleaded] with the firm muscular leaping. Their soft cushioned [ ] fine instance of modifications for specific [end] lessening [schock] at the same time measuring the grip.
Original journal dimensions: 10 x 16.5 cm.
Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
John Muir, journals, drawings, writings, travel, journaling, naturalist