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November 4, 1861: Yountville

November 4, 2011

Soda Canyon Road 01

Soda Canyon, east of Yountville; by Tom Hilton, on Flickr

Camp 64

[Today] we climbed a high rock ridge east of the valley—a rough craggy mountain 2,147 feet high, its sides furrowed by canyons, and very picturesque as seen from the valley. Although not very high it was quite a rugged climb and the view from the top decidedly fine. We had no lunch along, but a roasted goose about sunset answered for dinner and supper both, and some prophesied for breakfast too. But the prediction proved untrue—we ate it all, polished the bones, and left not even a “wreck” of its trimmings, and morning found us hungry again, of course.

Specimens collected: Pogogyne douglasii; Polygonum californicum.

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