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December 23, 1860: Santa Monica Canyon

December 23, 2010

Coyote; by randomtruth, on Flickr

Another rainy Sunday, or at least it rained all the morning, but has cleared up tonight, most lovely. We came to this camp on Thursday. It is to the west of our last, on the seacoast, or rather, within a mile and a half of it. We hear the surf continually; it is the last sound at night, breaking the stillness of the night, but not the solitude, for it seems more solitary than ever. This effect is increased by the doleful hooting of numerous owls all night long, and the occasional bark of the coyote, or California wolf, a small, sneaking but not dangerous animal….

Today we have loafed around tent, cleaned pistols, etc., but it bids fair for a good day tomorrow.

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