18 The next stream basin on the E [east] is that about the same size as last wh [which] forms the N [north] Fork of fork Cascade, It rises in [miramesh] meadows at height of 10000 ft descends through [flowey] [ ] sphagnum plushy meadows & bouldery [moraines] to 9400 then pitches over rock near 400 ft at slopes of 25° [degrees]. Then into grove then down similar slope for 300 ft to [union] with [Illilouette] cascade. This in freshet is in some places 200 ft wide. Avg [Average] [about] 20 ft is in 2 to 12 strip of simplest lace on bare bosom of Mother lace like waves spending on sandy sloping beach [Not] cut into rocks, water in flowing v [very] gently over rock roughens it more by erosion than smooths by friction
19 Bloody Canon Bower Cascade is near the fork of canon the glad stream grown strong with waters gathered from many a snowy [fountain] grows [ ] sings with more [ ] at every step a richer voice for the briar rose & the yarrow & mats of creeping clover began to bless its rocky banks Where there is a [patch]of [beach] there are flrs [flowers] in gay & ample dress grouped in [divine] [harmony] in green grass plots in [thousand] [with] [ ] [ ] The hundreds [of] [ ] [ ][ ] is [ ] with Aspens & willows [ ] [ ] & purple stemmed Cornus with white flrs [flowers] The [river] [has no] banks for [ ] above the cascade & is [ ] [ ] [ ] the [ ] in the [willows] [ ] [ ] [about] the [rocks] [at] [ ] willows overarch forming a [ ] [ ] [ ] on the edge of [ ] the stream [ ] [ ] [ ] & [ ] come in the green bower with [inimitable] grace & leaps [ ] [ ]
Original journal dimensions: 15 x 18 cm.
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