John Muir


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sun without [moving]. 10 in one can [canyon] of Merced swooping south & [curving] to W [west] A grand circumference of lakes gls [glaciers] peaks dark forests gray [plain] cañons etc. Snowy SE [southeast] only snow tip seen NW [northwest] none Monoward great abundance in Clrk [Clark] group.

Rush Crk [Creek] [Joaquin] & Merced get water from Matterhorn It breaks away in wildly torn precipices on N [north] & W [west] gentle [on] SE [southeast]. Portions of 16 gls [glaciers] near, besides those of distance

Has two gls [glaciers] one on E [east] one on N [north]

Breaks away in jagged spurs & [precipices] on all sides except SE [southeast] a spur from Merced can [canyon] may be accessible but I doubt it [narrow] on top peaked Black slate is [about] 100 ft lower [than] Lyell

Has [polemonium] & [yell] [comp] Hulsa [on] [top] with [talimim]

[Joaquin] heads here also touches divide of Merced to Grand Mtn [Mountain]

Alt [Altitude] Lake Matterhorn 12000 300 yds dia [diameter]



[sketch: map of Ritter & Minerets [Minarets] gls [glaciers]; line of Minerets [Minarets]; Ritter; main gl [glacier]; N [north] pk [peak] of Ritter]

Curved end of main Rit [Ritter] gl [glacier] [where] extends to lake If these shells were taken off one by one they would be found to be concentric like coats of half an onion Some would represent the snow of one [yr] [year] others of one grand storm with high wind or rain [or] thaw between it & [others] of the same season [or] same [clusters] of storms

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Original journal dimensions: 15 x 18 cm.

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