John Muir


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and comparatively rare small orchards. Houses wide apart. Barbed wire fences. Many small shallow lace-like pools. Haying going on now. A hundred miles or so and farther from Buenos Aires. A good many patches of thistles and mustard, especially near the city, and a hundred miles west of it. The road is very muddy, but much drier soil and of course better roads from four to five in the afternoon. With such a vast bed of fertile soil no wonder Buenos Aires is large and wealthy. Fine day. Few clouds, mostly fluffy white masses with cumulus buds here and there. Never before saw so great and uniformly level a piece of green. Large blocks of alfalfa, patches of eucalyptus a feature of the landscape until near dark. Nov. 10. Foothills in sight at 6:00 A.M. Ground sandy and rough with Artemisa, Atroploex, etc. Exact counterpart of Arizona plateau and desert foothills. Settlers industriously cutting the brush, cording the small stems and roots for fire wood, leveling the ground, and irrigating for all sorts of crops; planting miles of Lombardy poplars for windbreaks. Extensive vineyards here. The vines look well. They are planted close, about three by one or two foot, like those of Switzerland on glacial gravel. Changed cars at Mendoza at the foot of the Andes. Left there about 9:00 A.M. two hours later. Charming plants on the

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