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June 20, 1862: East of Pacheco Pass

June 20, 2012


San Luis Reservoir from Pacheco Pass; by tkksummers, on Flickr

Camp 77

[Today] we climbed a peak nine or ten miles south of camp, a conspicuous point, from which we had a prospect of a large extent of very rough country and a very great extent of plain beyond—a long and laborious day’s work.

In crossing some of the ridges that lay in the channel of this great wind current over the depression here in the mountain chain, the wind was so intense that our mules at times were blown out of the trail several feet—they could scarcely stand. The oak trees often lay along the ground, in the direction of the wind. They were not uprooted, but had grown in that way in that perpetual wind.

Specimens collected: Allium lacunosum; Scutellaria siphocampyloides; Quercus wislizeni.

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