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March 7-14, 1863: Santa Cruz Mountains

March 14, 2013
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Mt. Umunhum from Mine Hill; by Tom Hilton, on Flickr

I sent my last letter in such a hurry that I did not have time to finish the account of our trip in the Santa Cruz Mountains, and now so long a time has passed that I will let it go. Suffice it to say, that we had a trip of ten days with some exceedingly pleasant features, had lovely weather, examined a region we had long been anxious to visit, measured the height of a number of mountains, some of them over three thousand feet high, had some most lovely landscape views in the clear spring atmosphere, stopped among the lumbermen and “bachelor rancheros,” had dirty beds with fleas and bugs, and bad feed and fatigue, and finally got back to San Francisco safe and sun-burned.

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