John Muir


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3 Some snow avas [avalanches] have earthquake avas [avalanches] on top, gully of larger avg 30 ft deep 40 or 50 wide, in many places walls vert. Cherry a tough mountaineer is at head of. Evidences of an earthquake that cut heads off & scared trees & scattered trunks subsequent to great first channel of 1st larger cascade is young, because changed from a channel further E. [East] Cascade very lovely about 40 ft wide wh [which] is average for 3 or 4 months strikes a beveled lace producing slope at bottom intensely lovely tissue like autumn north of Illilouette

4 Occupies recess in wall once seat of a small gl views from exceedingly fine, especially of Sent [Sentinel] rock & El Cap [Capitan] & Cath [Cathedral] but are still finer from smaller Cascades wh is very easily reached the walking being smooth & brushless up a slope planted with spraguea & penstemon laetus & [ ] All the rubus & maples at the head of other slope

[sketch: Sent] Observe cause of sloping base Cross section afforded from foot of cascade wh shows that we would yet have had a sent [sentinel] if present-sent [sentinel] had been carried away

Date Original

October 1874


Original journal dimensions: 9 x 14.5 cm.

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