John Muir


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61 June snow storms are not altogether rare in the Sierra but they are seldom so severe as the one [just] completed [last night] a foot or more of snow fell [altogether] wh filled the greater portion of 2 days [beginning] in the mtns adjacent to [Yosem] [covering] [the] flowers & firs & loading down the branches of the pine trees. On the morning of the 15th we set out on our camping excursion for the High Sierra. [I] [noticed] that a [massive] storm cloud muffled the Half D [Dome] like a huge [ruff] & that the pines rocked in the wind & [waved] [their] [tasseled] boughs just as they do in winter. Also [the] the up Yo [Yosemite] fall was torn into long shreds & streams like in [winter] big [gnaty] storm [winds] [I] [therefore] [interpreted] [the] storm signals to [Swett] & [Keith] 60 but they were eager to go on accordingly we [left the val by the Oak Flat] we began to climb out of the val in long [cavalcade] with the [ ] [Muir] [ ] crackers & canned [nut]. Before we had barely passed the giant brow of El Cap rain began to fall & the [cloud cover] storm began shrouding many a [butting] cliff & [ ] in dark rapid moving clouds & sending down rain to the valley. Snow on the mtns. On reaching [Gentzs] station [on the edge of the val] 1800 ft above the vall we [deliberated] whether to camp or adavnce I knew a meadow where we could [picket] [the] [horses] back of Eagles Nest [on]

Date Original

October 1874


Original journal dimensions: 9 x 14.5 cm.

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