5 8 gls [glaciers] wildly shattered rims casting sharp [sky] shadows on snow The great Vall [Valley] of Joaquin [canyon] from vast field of snowy peaks nameless & unnumbered with gray domes [ ] [ ] trees of the rills of Merced flowing from lakes [ ] gathering to Yo [Yosemite] top & beyond Yo Sem [Yosemite] Gl [glacial] basins with fluted sides now streaked with snow 12 July 73 In Yo [Yosemite] range rising massively against the sky on E [East] Still has few patches of snow Pale faint coast [range] on S [South] S [South] [1st] Matterhorn   me for [when] [ ] [ ] upon [ ] [ ] Surrounding    In grand [countless] peaks [Dana] & [red] [not] [ ] & [marched ]  giant gl [glacier]  [to a] of  [MC…] [ ] [jagged] [edged] [pyramid] with a long splintered wall [having] [ ] separating its own from the gl [glacier] of [ ] [between] far & near pks [peaks] black basin [forest] of pines over other [ ] [glace] [&] spires & battlements of Hoff [Hoffman]  Merced [group] red gray & black
6 The [Young]Toul [Toulumne] [winding] [ ] [away] [ ] [ ] in willowy meadows Lichen Big [Polemonium] Alt [altitude] 1st mead [meadow] 9370-200! Island Mono Lake. Sunset Mono Lake was calm in the morning but a breeze fell upon it from the mtns [mountains] about noon wh [which] ruffled & then ridged & roughened it with white lapping waves We set out to [recross] to the mainland, a distance of 7 ms [miles] but after accomplishing most of this were [drivin] back on the island The waves came on [ ] [for] [ ] in turn upon the smooth sloping beach [laving] lashing sounds making memories of boy days at the sea. A few [ gulls ] are slowly winnowing the air [ ] going home. Here & there the swift wings of a swallow is seen About 20 ms [miles] of [summits] are seen [ ] on N [North] [Dana] & [Gulfs] [meadows] with a [spire] [ ] black jagged pks [peaks] head of Joaquin S. Each [pk] [ ]
Original journal dimensions: 15 x 18 cm.
Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
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