41 confidingly My camp is between 2 sturdy pines 15 ft high one with [trio] the other with four trunks from one root. [They] send up stiff erect limbs. & also some rigidly horizontal No weak branch is to be found among the [flexilis] albicaulis groves for they are all tested many times with what are called fierce blasts The brown lava blocks on wh they grow would be swept off sooner than they The one at my head leans over & breaks the wind A blanket stretching between the two makes
42 the shelter complete while leaving all the sky open for the observation of the storm. A weeks provisions wh without any real suffering may be made to last three weeks makes me easy on that score & abundance of dry wood & blankets for fire & warmth. The avg height of this pine is about 15 ft but farther south it attains a height of 30 or 40 in scattered wind beaten & snow pressed clumps often many stems from one root. resinous make excellent fires
Original journal dimensions: 9 x 14.5 cm.
Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
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