So all the way to Spokane. Yel p comes up in millions where protected frin fure, so also Contorta. Many saw mills along road; many hay fields along broad levels of the Columbia. Arrive at Spokane Hotel weary and feverish. Decide to go home and then to Alaska. July 21. The party of Forestry Commission left for Missoula at noon while I left for home at 3:35 P.M. Immense beds of sandy drift the first hour out, alternating with lava ridge. Yel p and Contorta, soon followed by hills of sand and fine silt where even the sage is stunted, where no man passes thro’ or leaves a trace for a 100 miles or so. Then Pasco is reached on the Columbia, the broad river without even a willow on its banks. “Keep your eye on Pasco” said the boom agents yrs ago, but the Sahara sand would not be boomed. July 22. Awoke on the East flank of Cascades; yel p and Douglas mostly; on other side richer woods, Thuya Menzies sp etc. Woods all enveloped in smoke. Saw Mrs. Van Tromp at Yelm and thought of the dinner she made on our return from Rainier. Had interesting talk with tall marked gentleman who had returned from M Gl. He knew Jim Bridger, a good man when sober, died in Kansas City. He called in wife and daughter to Smoking Room to hear me talk on gls, etc. Said this the best part of trip. Arrived in Portland at 12 M. Walked up town and after lunch chanced to meet Mr. Hawkins, who showed me to city and introduced me to many
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