68 to say how the [river] enters, to know the course of the river above the val [valley] a single mile. The walls of the vall [valley] begin at the head in a distinct Yosem [Yosemite] style but they extend without any marked change far below the bot [bottom] of. At the head on W [west] side is an El Capitan rock about 1000 ft [feet] high. The rocks wh [which] circle around the head are all very much separate from the gen [general] wall & are exceedingly picturesque
69 give evidence of great glacial force are still bright polished, present many precipitous fronts with level tablets on wh [which] are grouped small pines & live oaks below this val [valley] there are no [domes] of any great size. Region of dome bearing granite is 10 ms [miles] above in perfection. Most picturesque portion of the val [valley] of N F [North Fork] is from here up ten ms [miles] or so. The lake of this val [valley] is a perfect mirror.
Original journal dimensions: 8 x 12 cm.
Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
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