John Muir


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28 There is more moraine matter upon the N [north] than S [south] side of Donner L [Lake] because in dying the gl [glacier] moved N ward depositing the rough irregular beds on N side as ter mors No beautiful mtn lake is or may be more comprehensively suited & desecrated [ ] its fringe of snow & forest, and willowy thicket is hacked & smashed a [mill] at the [corner] and has consumed the [forest] trunks. The Lake having thus been compelled to destroy its own forests

29 Hearth stone 7 x 5 ft sq 5 x 3-4m in 3’ h to 12 in thick slightly rounded

The terminal mor [moraine] of Donner is v [very] regular & dam like - is used [as] dam in milling just below the dam in a flat grove of p.[contorta] [libo] & p grandis the long stump mark the camping ground of the Donner party. They were not good mntneers or they would not have suffered. The whole winter could have been

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