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March 5, 1861: Carpinteria

March 5, 2011

Beach at Carpinteria

Beach at Carpinteria; by Boyce Duprey, on Flickr

Camp 18

This afternoon Guirado returned, brought letters, but no Professor, and what was worse, no funds. I counted up and found $3.25 in the treasury and $3.00 in private hands—total, $6.25. Five men in camp, two weeks before another steamer, flour all gone, jerked beef ditto, onions ditto, potatoes ditto—long ago—have forgotten how some of them looked—bacon, small chunk, and even beans only a meager, lonely few left in the last corner of the sack. We have lived poorly the last two weeks, looking forward for better fare on reaching Santa Barbara; decidedly a poor prospect ahead! I shall stay here one day more, then go to Santa Barbara and try to make a raise of fifty or a hundred dollars by an order on Professor Whitney to sell to someone, by borrowing, or otherwise. Can’t tell exactly how, but I will make it go in some way or another.

california plantain

Plantago erecta; by randomtruth, on Flickr

Rode along the beach a few miles today through the fog, visited some rocks of interest, frightened a large seal off from some rocks, saw thousands of gulls, geese, cranes, and other sea birds. After dinner at four o’clock, took a fine bath in the surf.

Specimens collected: Ribes speciosum; Plantago erecta; Lepidium latipes.

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