133 While [engaged] hunting the wild sheep around Mt. Bremer we learned that we were only a short days journey from the lava beds. 2 company vacs [vaqueros] & mountaineers assembled here in the [ ] who [claimed] to be hunting cattle in the [roughness] around our camp fire & they dropped in two & thus [until] our campfire [dispersed] all kinds of news feats with [circle] [numbered] a doz or [more] the lasso the habits of wild sheep the [particulars] of the killing of the biggest [tusks] & of mule deer, incidents in the [ ] [bear] [hunt], with the [inevitable] bear stories. The events of the Mod [Modoc] war still fresh, [ ] had [served] in the war & finding us willing listeners volunteered many a story scrap of history at incident in wh [which] Cap Jack Boston Charly & Black Jim [new] [ ] comparitive crimes & talents. The yawning cracks, gloomy [caves] & strange flinty [blasted] barrens of the lava beds.
134 Our hunters became eager to see the strange region & at once planned a visit. I was eager to obtain some facts concerning the geology of this [stranger] We set out out next morning & after riding down the Van Meadows past many a grassy knoll & jutting cliff & along the shores of Klamath lake & over many a gray mile of sage, we reached a camping ground on top of a bluff over looking the beds & commanding a fine [scenic] view not only of the beds but of all the region adjacent to them. [The view was one of the most remarkable ever witnessed] The landscape of wh [which] the beds [formed] the central [part] & main body was (Sec 1). It was one of those delicious purple evenings of November
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