26 One remarkably effective dwarf [Eriogonum] making gray patches 100 yds dia [diameter] light airy [panicles] The nut pines very beautiful lavishly fruitful. Branches lent down. The West Walker breaks through lava spur & goes bravely out into the Alkaline desert Elevation of old lake bench 5000 f t. Pine Grove Range lava capped granite In some places the granite peaks appearing above surrounding lava where the latter is more easily & rapidly disintegrated showing [the] something of the topography at the time of the [over] outflow. Such granite always showing the effects of heat in crumbling wasted condition. Pine Grove a crumbling [ruinous] village 100 inhabitants. Death calm no whisky. No water visible dry twice [dry] sapless bloodless
27 dry rotted sage brush in streets dry bluffs on either side—[Wizened] schoolhouse. Used also for meetings Methodist comes once in three weeks—like him well. The former pastor a gambler & [shoulder] striker. Loved work not. The men & boys liked him not “but two or three women & girls liked him” Am [American] Camp was made in the plaza sagey knoll in mid [middle] of town. 2 nut pines. Rocky—the children & many Inds [Indians] came to look on. Offering a free rippling current of observation on baggage—food—instruments etc. quick at rapartee [repartee]—One boy of 8 summers of [age] declared that he always went to school when he could not get out of it. Asked when the tent was set if we were going to make a show. Whether we were not afraid
Original journal dimensions: 9.5 x 16 cm.
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