John Muir


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143 gold watches or fine pistols have been plundered from the dead said to be secreted in some one of these [gloomy] unsearchable caverns We noticed a dozen or more of caves wh [which] had been inhabited all of wh [which] are of the same gen [general] structure * [We noticed none of the] We found entirely devoid of those quaint towers & pinnacles characteristic of castles of granite [summits] wh [which] [cowards] [there] so [frighten] to resemble old feudal strongholds full of uncomfortable glooms & jagged craterlike openings clinking burned like shattered & rent. No region could be more interesting to [geologize], here on volcanic hill & dale mountain [where] ranges & valleys in process of [formation]

144 [without] any direct upheaval As [sauntered] [home] in the bright sun become more used to surroundings, The dark places Nat [Nature] [has] here spoken uncommon words wh [which] are [ ] [lilting] yet are they not harsh or violent The rushy shores show [lines] of beauty in [bays] & [promontories], the sage though called [mountainous] is beautiful & every Erigon [Eriogonum] bush & tuft of grass are [evangels] [wh] proclaiming Natures love & reclaiming even the lava beds from all that is repulsive [memories] of [vicar]. Lively scenes along the shallows chicks & tall cranes spearing salmon Lava beds endowed with beauty the mosses & even a fern, the grasses [relieved] [on] dark ground each tuft like bouquet on a dark mantle, soil augmented by any rain

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