24 The wheat & barley harvest in Nevada about a month later than in Cal [California] (Aug 1st). The number of available bits of foothills & desert land for farming are not v [very] abundant. Most taken up long ago—yet a few left. When water may be obtained for irrigation Go to [county] take up ranch in foothills often [rising] in poor mans [ears]. But most places where a spring capable of irrigating a garden patch are already taken. Germans are most successful in this kind of isolated desert farming. Henry Ott 7 yrs ago bought a water right—a stream 2 ft wide by six in [inches] deep 1 [m] per hour in canon with strip of [ ] stony lava ground in bottom a wild unhomelike place such
25 as Inds [Indians] would [choose] to lie in ambush. By patient industry in 7 yrs made good home 60 tons hay alfalfa—5 acres barly—small orchard—garden A few hogs—chickens etc. Gray sage hills bounding the green ragged strip a farm like a piece of cloth. lizards & snakes & dwarf pine & cedars living in one of the gates one of natures doorways. July 13th Wellington Station. From Mr Ott yesterday across the Carson Mtns [Mountains] a fine flry [flowery] ride the gently sloping summits prairie-like. Blooming Yel [yellow] with beaut [beautiful] Eriogonums [Mints] penstmons & [composites] few sages. One very fine salvia in rounded cushion like bosses 2 ft wide.
Original journal dimensions: 9.5 x 16 cm.
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