May 8. There have been showers fallinghere this morning. This afternoonMrs. Burt, Dr. and I have visitedthe garden, leaving Mr. Burt withthe children. I have eaten my fillof strawberries from the river. Thereare in the garden, peach, pear,apple, cherry, apricot, quince, fig,almond and nectarinetrees. They arelooking very well. They will have plentyof grapes on their vines in theirseason. Rancharea Creek runs,through the garden, from whichit is watered. The scenery here isvery picturesque and beautiful.Very high hills rise on all sidesand seem to oppose a strong barrierto whatever would molest them.These hills are not thickly wooded,but here and there rise tall pinesso tall and straight, that theyare really interesting in appearance.Some huge rocks are to be seen,also. Three families reside in thisretired spot, which, with a fewchairmen who are employed toMay 8. work for these families, composethe entire settlement. There is asawmill in the place, and the stagepasses twice in a day, save these,there is little to disturb the entirequiet of Nature.May 9. T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 73. S.S. 62. This morningwe left our friends. Mr. & Mrs. B.and started on our way towardsSacraments. Mr. Burt, accompaniedus as far as Drytown village, wherewe stopped at his store and madea few purchases of crockery were &. c.Then bidding him goodbye, weproceeded on our way. The road andcountry grew less and less roughas we went on. We stopped for ourdinner at the Oakgrove House, afterwhich we journeyed on. Soon aftercrossing the Corumnes River, wefound ourselves on a bare prairieon which sometimes neither houseor tree could be seen for miles. Overthis, the wind had such a sweep asto give me a very bad headache.We toiled on over it, up, up, up, seeming
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