59 the N [North] sides of the vall to wh I proposed to conduct the party. The clouds were at this moment [somewhat] broken & Mack & [Swett]. [seemed] [inclined] to [advance] but [Keith] broke up the council at once declining with a scowl darker than any storm cloud that it was madness to go into the woods in such [ ] weather. It was [therefore] decided to camp here when we could [enjoy] once more the civilized shelter of a roof. [Snow fell in the night to In the] next morning all the ground was white with snow. Thunder reverberated in [ ] [ ] [shattered] lightning flashes sound to completely fill the [river] canon from wall to wall & thunder
58 rolled on & [died] [away] in [heavy] long [continued] reverberations [among] the cliffs. The ground was [covered] [several] inches deep & all around on the higher mtns close while the [river] [being] [ ] Here & there tip of the [frond] of [longest] [ferns] [was] [seen] [over] the [snow]. Violets gilis & [spraguis] & all the smaller [fern] [were] [ ] green tip of [fern] [fronds] here & there & tall [wandy] grasses. The firs & pines showed a sliver [gray] In the [ ] [ ] [left] camp to climb a [ ] [ ] [ ] whose [smooth] [unchanneled] [brow] poured a fine cascade. This nameless cascade
Original journal dimensions: 9 x 14.5 cm.
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