May 1, 1862: Walnut Creek
[Today] Hoffmann and I visited a ridge about two thousand feet high1, about six miles from camp, quite a hard day’s tramp. Heavy clouds wreathed the whole summit of Mount Diablo, but we had a fine view of the green hills near and around us. A shower caught us on our return and wet us, but how unlike the rains of the city. The smell of the rain on the fresh soil and green grass was decidedly refreshing.[Tonight] the wind was high…
Specimens collected: Calochortus umbellatus; Amelanchier utahensis; Scutellaria tuberosa; Lupinus albifrons; Cardamine californica var. integrifolia; Trifolium fucatum; Castilleja affinis subsp. affinis; Alopecurus saccatus; Pleuropogon californicus.
1Probably Rocky Ridge, west of Danville