84 No portion of Sierra farther south so silent with reference to running water. Sand in cedars appears to have been blown from Mt Shasta - is very fine & extends around the base for at least 20 miles on NE side. The lava of "beds" identical with that of Shasta Val [valley] & NE to Van Bremer The fine forests of E side of range on Butte Creek val [valley] are growing on gl [glacial] drift So also those near Sissons & N.ward. The forests on [gl] unmixed lava inferior in size & vigor of trees & in
85 variety. Shasta Val [valley] 3000 alt v [very] fertile wheat apples hay The ride to Sissons delightful Sunset on Mt Shasta rich furred [spongy] purple snow The very shadows had purple on them. Tree shadows on snow crossing the road in bars like logs. The grand sugar pines extending their arms in blessing The stately spirey firs with groves of beautiful youth with the promise of centuries in them about their bases. 21st Cloudy drizzling rain 22 Rain wind fine wild feeding day for the pines 23 Rain " [ditto] " [ditto]
Original journal dimensions: 9 x 14.5 cm.
Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
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