Pass. Long stretches of dry meadows. Many lakes savage desolate scenery in general views. Pass over 12,000 ft. Primula safruticosa [suffruticosa] very abundant on granite sand up to head of pass. The scenery of pass grand P. [pinus] flexilis abundant
Overtook the runaway train at sunset a mile over divide just as they were looking for a camping ground
Asked why they had left me. Said they
feared I would not return. Strange that in the mtns [mountains] everybody from cities should so surely lose their heads—
Oct  13
Descend through long pass. One steep [declivity] [scarce] broken from top to bottom. In a few hours pass from [ice] & snow to [torrid] plain
Take some provision & my horse & leave the party at foot of pass to make an excursion to Mt. Whitney
[sketch: 40 ft h [feet high], 10 in dia [diameter] base]
Original journal dimensions: 8 x 12 cm.
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