John Muir


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88 brave wild sheep were also disturbed as if contemplating removal to their winter quarters A few weathered the storm in lee of [flexilis] pines a few hundred feet above my Shasta [storm] nest. & it was hoped that the week of subsequent storms would certainly drive them down to winter pastures where they would come within the reach of rifles. Brown & Hepburn the latter of whom had been [here] fishing & deer hunting for several weeks were eagerly bent on hunting the wild sheep. Not only for the sport of the thing but to learn their habits & [see] [their] [wild] [homes] but to [preserve] specimens with wh [which] to [adorn] their halls Sisson who is himself a keen hunter & an excellent guide to all kinds of game soon made

89 the necessary arrangements Blankets provisions & rifles were heaped into a wagon & on the morning of Nov 8th we set out for "Sheep Rock" The party consisted of Sissons as guide & hunter-in chief. [Jerome] [also] an enthusiastic hunter & capital shot who is in the employ of Sissons, Brown, English Hepburn [total] (& myself. Siss & [Jerome] carried Rem[ ] Brown & Hep double barrelled [breech] [loading] [rifles] I unarmed. Sheep Rock wh [which] we reached before night lies to the N of Mt Shasta is [3000] [ ] about 20 ms [miles] from here. It is the principal resort of Shasta wild sheep during the months of winter [It is about 5500 ft above sea] & presents a bold craggy [precip] front 2000 [ ] to [gray] sage [slopes] of Shasta Valley abounding in grassy hollows where the snow [never] lies deep, rocky castles

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