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March 4, 1861: Carpinteria

March 4, 2011

Coast at Carpinteria

Coast at Carpinteria; by JasonUnbound, on Flickr

Camp 18

[Today], we came on here, about eighteen miles. The road followed the seacoast; high bluffs or cliffs rose from the shore all the way. Sometimes we rode on the sand close to the water, sometimes over sand-hills, half knee-deep, sometimes over a little flat beck with deep, steep gulches, and, worse than all the rest, over big bowlders for a mile or two—bowlders piled thick together as only the sea can pile them. This was too much for our invalid wagon wheel; it showed signs of giving in. We stopped in this fine valley—good grass and wood, but poor water.

Beach Suncup

Camissonia cheiranthifolia; by Tom Hilton, on Flickr

[Tonight] as we were sitting around our cheerful camp fire, the sound of a cannon came booming on the still night air, above the roar of the surf. How it startled us, for it told of the arrival of the steamer at Santa Barbara, eight miles distant, probably with the Professor, or if not with him, with letters and funds.

This last was an important item. He left four weeks ago, leaving with me but three hundred dollars. Several bills which had been left unpaid and our unexpected break-downs reduced this. I sent for more by Ashburner when he went up two weeks ago, for when the wagon returned from Los Angeles I was horrified to find that our treasurer had paid out all but about twelve or fifteen dollars.

Specimens collected: Abronia maritima; Camissonia cheiranthifolia subsp. suffruticosa; Ribes speciosum; Ribes divaricatum var. pubiflorum; Claytonia perfoliata subsp. mexicana; Quercus agrifolia.

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