John Muir


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106 her crimson blood out in a pool in a hollow of [the gray] lava It was near night we were 5 miles (rough) from camp [Van Bremer] tied her skillfully on on Old Bobs back & hastened on. Sisson reached camp just as we did & reported that he had killed a ram on the mtn [mountain] & a couple of mule deer The aggregate of todays hunt 2 sheep & 2 deer. Both the ram & ewe were said by Van Bremer to be [considerably] below the avg size The male measured " [the] female

107 The sheep of this Modoc region are very wild & wary Only Brown by some subtle charm can get near them although he wears strong english shoes shod with big nails, that crush through the brush or clink & ring on hard lava to be heard half a mile Those of the [untrodden] alps at the head [crater] of the San Joaquin were more confiding & approachable than domestic sheep (The secret of their ascend[ ]) Ever since I saw wild sheep ascending a glacier polished incline of granite, so steep that I could not follow them [ ] [ ] I have been eager to see their feet [ ] [ ] & now the mystery cleared up The secret is this. The wide posterior portion of the bottom

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