75 18.104.22.168 7502 4075 The tall slim many branches into wh [which] the main axis divides with cones from end to end, not dangling from branchlets but close pressed upon the trunk as well gives the tree a highly ornamented appearance & I like it. Yet it is a companion of p sabin rather than of the noble lambert & pond [ponderosa]. It would be out of place in a dense dark cool old mountain forests it is capable of holding converse with oaks & [sunshine] of the thick [curdled] kind.
76 On our way down we ran in fine free style Stone runs well . We swooped down into a hopper like hollow wh [which] is filled with all that is beautiful in this way of thickets of chap [chapparral] & maple & ash & oak also groves with fine smooth slopes between for ferns to grow upon & sun to mellow & deer to feed & bears to hide & play. At the foot of this hollow we found a narrow [ravine] leading like a spout from a hopper down between two grand masses of limestone wh [which] front the river & are 2000 ft high
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