18 & the glory sunset beams fell in bars through the forest touching with marvelous power the hushed waiting firs, yellow ferns and glistening grass stems that grow on sandy moraines. Asters and golden rods along our camp meadow undisturbed not a sedge [ ] first the sandy morain then Asters & gold[ ] & [ ] then sedges & willow clump with Alder beyond rise the pines & firs, no sheep. Four large bucks splendidly framed 19 in willows standing in grasses over backs, noble inhabitants of one of the wildest forests. Branched antlers like deciduous  pine roots. [ ] 6th camp on top S side mid [Fork] [Joaquin] 8100 grass already frost browned. In morning ascend 400 ft [ ] to magnificent basin containing groves of fir & P [ ] & yellow meadows & rushing lakes gray rocky [sparsely] feathered ridges [ ]. Then long ride over succession of sandy Camp Alt 8100 ft. S. side. Near Cascades, Mid Fork
Original journal dimensions: 8 x 12 cm.
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