55 Pit, McCloud & Sacramento are all branches of the main Sacramento (Shasta Fountains) No characteristic of Shasta is more marked than its want of running water Its melting snows & ice speedily disappear in the porous lava even the outlets of the gls flow but a few miles ere they sink to reappear in large springs both the Sacramento & McCloud rise in large springs [strarting] into life, rivers at once [apparently] without any real childhood The Sacra [Sacramento] Spring 1 1/2 ms above Sissons issues from the base of a hill of [gravel], gl drift overshadowed by willows alders & thorns
56 falling at once into white rapids with all the rush & song that belongs to them This water no doubt is derived from the south west side of Shasta & sinks in gl debris. After the Oct storms had cleared away I sauntered slowly Shastaward enjoying the fine landscapes of the upper Sacramento giving time for the snows that I knew had fallen to [be] compacted On 1st [Oct] Nov left Sissons for the edge of timber line intending to reach summit on the 2d. My barometer as well as the clouds gave notice of storm The sky was [filmy] [Sisson] & his guide said I don't like the looks of the sky, you
Original journal dimensions: 9 x 14.5 cm.
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