181 1st the riv [river] pours at Sward [southward] 5 or 10 ft [feet] & is churned in immense [poth’] [potholes] then is deflected E [east] against rock then Sward [southward] & over, the left edge of current is dashed again upon a round solid elbow but the right leaps clear Here is the head proper of the fall, then dashes 100 ft [feet] or more striking [ ] upon a series of round bosses wh [which] give rise to beautiful forms & notes. icy crystals with foam bursts [beneath] embroidery of lace work irregular Then all leap gracefully over vertical edges to base
182 The same heavy ledge of granite of Ball rock causes fall 30 or 40 ft [feet] in main river obstructs salmon is like Nevada with canon of Vernal The same shoulder on right, the same cavey (shadowy) [rises] on left. ice lingered in this left curve can [canon] & was the chief finisher of the fall precipice Pines cedars live oaks Photinia ferns (poly [polypodium]) & brown [ ] The left has [narrowy] ferny gorge -- a good pathway for [mtneers] [mountaineers]
Original journal dimensions: 9 x 14.5 cm.
Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
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