John Muir


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42 The can [canyon] all [thru] way up from lowest to highest Yo sem [Yosemite] is very rough. One is constantly compelled to ascend knobs & buttresses that rise [sheer] or steeply inclined from the water’s edge or if meadow patch it is [lazy] & willowy. The scenery of the canon from first main fork [running] off it is very grand walls steep & closer fold on fold, rising to height of 5 to 4000? [ ] Ferns Allosorus & P. Pelleae [Pellaea], [desira] & [Brit] & Brewer everywhere.

43 (Avalanche) The Canon Avalanche swept from end to end very closely so toward top section on river bank of up [upper] Yo [Yosemite] shows how lake was filled Meadow grasses & [willows] on felt of logs, woven like basket Saw good many [stumps] where trees broke off Large trees in [shelters] [spots] in front of rocks [some] avas [avalanches] [soft] [ ] crushing down forest without carrying away, others hard carrying off soil, rock, etc rip opp [opposite] [bank].

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