John Muir


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circa 1887



[Finest embroideries while seldom in the distance. Sentiment not accepted only granite cast iron & politics with moral mind, and free love.]

(small gray lizard) The wee tired fellow crept beneath the hand which hurt it, with weary eye. I covered it up on edge, like the royal [arches].

Hemizonia, larkspur, lizard, and bumble bee. I soon saw a spotted “Harry Edwards” flapping by.

1st trip to Shasta Oct. 1894 [1874]

Shasta Fountains, Forestsetc.

(Near 1st U.S. Fish Hatchery) There is a massive gray uplift of a mountain 15 or 20 miles from the plain The road from Redding to Yreka runs past. The McCloud river sweeps past in front with a heavy dark current –(in front) It is also 2100 feet high. Limestone beautifully sculptured fluted by (a dissolving down flow of) rain. Sharp pinnacles are thus formed. Not high, the flutings 4 or 5 inches deep, and about 6 in (inche) diameter. Very fine pot holes. deep for width. also.


many caves, some deep and laked, and are a kind of pot holes. The dew drops on the alders are like stars, each containing land scapes

Fruit ripe in a night. Glorious view on the McCloud. Oct.-29. 1874. Seen in lense flash of colors, where wind shaken fall like ripe fruit-yellow apples. A [sun] on and in each.

First clear view of Shasta from the valley of Sacramento near Dog creek, Oct. 28. 1874. With the exception of a few combs & spurs it is one mass of white. Never before have I seen so white a mountain. The young snow must have been somewhat soft.

No amount of fatigue will be felt, or weigh at all against the glorious prize of beauty and instruction to be obtained from its high star(?) though all though all with one accord, Indians & white regard the excursion as absurd and impossible.

Snow falls as low as 700 feet and it must be deep on Shasta. Nevertheless I must see & feel its beauty, and learn whence its [ancient]

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