[Santa] [Barbara] is beautifully located [between] low foothills back a [short] distance ( m [mile]) from the coast [Well] built [thrifty] clean The old mission [building] [shows] [imposingly] on [the] [dwelling] [heights] above the town -- is said to [be] [the] best preserved of all the Cal [California] missions. From S Barb’ [Santa Barbara] the stage road strikes inland over the [mtns] [mountains] crossing the summit at [height] of 2100 ft [feet]. The rock [sandstone] (tertiary?) fossiliferous. [densely] shaparalled [slopes] no trees save a few pines on summit. & alders & [maples] & oaks in glens. From summit down into Santa Anita & Los [Oasis] vals [valleys] -- much of surface perfectly bare of [vegetation] some oaks white & live oak The former being cut down extensively for food for the
starving cattle. From the Los [Oasis] the road [crossover] over low sand hills into the Santa Maria val [valley] wh [which] is followed to near the ocean at Gaudeloupe mostly in [poor] [state] [of] cultivation, -- is swept by cold winds chilled with fogs wind has worked wonders in shifting & denuding & [depositing] soil -- Changed the topography The sandhills at head of val [valley] seem to have been [derived] from the coast & lower portion of the val [valley] -- [from] sand soil deposited by water are eroded into [curious] forms by the wind. -- very rough [angular] & [fantastic]. most of the [protuberances] have
Original journal dimensions: 10 x 15.5 cm.
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