Sierra Journal. Summer of 1869
[About] [In the beginning of June when the [lowland] pastures of the San Joaquin [Valley are dry & bare parched] plains are brown & bare, [the plants all] gone to seed & dried [in the fierce sunshine] up until leaf & stem crackle & crumble to dust beneath the foot as if [they] all the vegetation had been baked in an oven [then sheep and to some extent cattle and horses when driven up the mountains where the grass is green all summer. Summer.]] I [too wished] was longing for the mountains about this time, but money was scarce, and I hardly knew how [the necessary] a bread supply was to be kept up. [I was engaged by an Irish sheep owner to take charge of his flock of sheep during the summer. They were to be driven to the mountains between the headwaters of the Merced & Tuolumne Rivers, where the pastures at a height of three to four thousand feet above sea level were now in lush spring--time freshness & higher were still in great part covered with deep compacted beds of winter snow.]
When I was brooding on the subject and trying to believe that I might live in the mountains without blankets or much good Mr Delaney called on me and offered to hire me to go with his shepherd and flock to the very region I was so anxious to see. I was [of course] eager
[When this work offered I was eager] to accept [it or indeed] work of any kind that would take
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