77 So well is the outlet of this hollow veiled by shrubbery we could not anticipate it until [fair] down - like the lakes of shadowy & boggy Maine - I never found a banner hollow. The maples were of two species one with large the other with small lvs [leaves] the form [ ] 15 inches diameter. Yet only a shrub both were in the [glorious] color of their beautiful death & as we rushed down their [midst] [ ] caught their branches & wallowed & whirled our tingling flesh in their beauty turning
78 round & round in their yellow & crimson rays. As we followed the outlet we were conducted down by [low] degrees to the river & every step was veiled with vines grape & clematis we walked & leaped from ledge to ledge from pot-hole to pot-hole all by [faith]. The stream wh[which] [beloved] to the [ravine] was [ ] on its upper course but [ ] & bulling beneath but I was so accustomed to the ways of water I had no difficulty in hearing & seeing it by the traces of its [channel]
Original journal dimensions: 8.5 x 13 cm.
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