John Muir


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circa 1887












Small grassy slopes & meadow [patches] & the country is not half so bad [for sheep] as it looks. There we’ll [we will are going ahead there to the basin of Yosemite Creek & to stay there shifting about as required for a few weeks, then when] go & stay until the snow is melted from [the higher meadows on] the upper country [Tuolumne we will drive the sheep there & keep them there until danger from snowstorms makes it unsafe to stay longer.]

[So said the Don &] I was glad to hear that the high snow [on the Upper Tuolumne meadows] made a stay in the Yosemite region necessary for I am anxious to see [it] as much of it as possible. What fine times I shall have sketching & pressing plants & scrambling about the brink of the great Valley alone out of sight & sound


of the camp [mutton & wool. For when we get ourselves established in our new camp Bill will be able to tend the flock without aid or counsel from me I hope.]

[We are streaming along the Yosemite trail & more visitors to the valley are passing today] We saw another party of Yosemite tourists today, some of the young women were [colored] like scarlet Tanagers in full summer plumage [feather]. Somehow [though I would not judge uncharitably] most of these travelers [Yosemite tourists] seem to care but little [reverence themselves] for the glorious objects around them [be going more to show than see but perhaps] though enough to spend time & money & endure long rides to see the famous Valley & when they are fairly within the mighty walls of the [great] temple & hear the [sublime] psalms of the falls [falling waters] they will forget themselves [their vanity] [duds] [brought from hollow society] & become devout [worshippers of the fresh beauty & grandeur & love revealed all about them] Blessed indeed should be every pilgrim [are the travelers] in these holy mountains [who have eyes to see & ears to hear.]

We have moved slowly [to the] eastward [for the pasturage was good] along the Mono trail [& we allowed the sheep to feed by the way] & early in the afternoon [we] unpacked [the horses] & camped on the bank of Cascade Creek a mile or two [some distance] above the crossing of the Yosemite trail [for we left that trail soon after leaving Tamarac & took the Mono]

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