48 lingering to look, some hasting to front, each individual. Not so tame. Crossed river unlike tame sheep often jump at rock face and fall back. Not one false step. Clean and elegant, & [ ] dirty awkward & [disease] no two alike. These guarded by the great shepherd of us all. Those by erring money seekers. Passed in renew before me. So also did deer. These for the rocks 49 and rough mountain work. Those for the forest and green grassy meadows. Often said “That was good”. Exulted in power and sufficiently of Nature and felt like saying aloud to God as to a man, “Well done”, the invention of such an animal being hardly a mechanical production. Our horses rolling end over end and much - vaunted mules so sure-footed and mountain-capable rolling like barrel. I had so often to judge
Original journal dimensions: 8 x 12 cm.
Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
John Muir, journals, drawings, writings, travel, journaling, naturalist