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December 5, 1860: San Gabriel Mountains; Los Angeles

December 5, 2010

[Today] we went up into the mountain, followed up a canyon (gorges are called cañons or canyons), and then separated. I climbed a hill 2,500 or more feet, very steep and rocky, gathered some plants, and had one of the most magnificent views of my life—the plain, and the ocean beyond. The girls went with us into the canyon, but did not climb higher. After our climb and a lunch, a ride of eight miles over the fields (for no fences obstruct the land) brought us back; then dinner and return here. We had a delightful time—I ought to say “we” were the field assistant Mr. Ashburner and I. We will try to visit them again when Professor Whitney comes.

Specimens collected: Epilobium canum; Quercus dumosa; Pentagramma triangularis subsp. triangularis.

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