Nov. 14. Left Santiago in Pullman car at 5:40 P.M. for Victoria, about five hundred miles to the Southward, hoping from that point to reach the Ar. forest said to extend along the Andes near the Snow line. Until after dark the road lay through a fine level fertile valley, abounding in all sorts of orchards, vineyards, and grain fields. Nov 15. Heavy rain during the night. Still cloudy this morning and drizzly. Am now in fine valley with hills and mountains visible in every direction. About 8:00 A.M. I am passing through rolling green hills. Extensive wheat fields and pastures. A beautiful region. Hundreds of miles of Lombardy poplars. Sand dunes in broad belts here and there. Arrived about 9:00 A.M. at Victoria and was welcomed by the Smiths mentioned above, as if one of the family. Nov. 16. Thursday. Clearing. The ground beginning to dry, but the roads back into the country are reported to be impassable. Nov. 17. Fine weather. Breezy, and the ground drying
Original journal dimensions: 10 x 17 cm.
Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
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