of moderately inclined cascades far inferior in power to those of Tuol [Tuolumne] The S [South] Fork rises fast but steadily not doing or saying anything especially emphatic. The can [canyon] or val [valley] of this fork is straight & wide open with high walls wh [which] are timbered where not swept bare by snow, meadow edges all filled with heaps of boulders & logs [obstructing] the courses of streamlets & gen [general] drainage making moist soil for willow & aspens that crinkle
with the snow & form soil very fast with their abundant growth of leaves & stems wh [which] by the snow pressure is kept from being carried away.
This is the first step towards smoothing & [soiling] angular moraines & rock avalanches in high alts [altitudes] when the melting snow furnishes sufficient moisture for their growth
Discovered a stranger [Balfour] pine at alt [altitude] of 9500 & [running] up to 1100
Original journal dimensions: 8 x 12 cm.
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