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August 15, 1864: Near Middle Fork San Joaquin

August 15, 2014

Balloon Dome

Balloon Dome; by Tom Hilton, on Flickr

Camp 193

[Today] we packed up and started and made a big day’s march toward the north [Middle] fork. We had rather rough going and finished by going down a steep hill about two thousand feet. The north fork runs in a very deep, rocky canyon still a thousand feet deeper. We camped at good grass, but poor water—some pools that remained in a little swamp. Near our camp the canyon is very grand—a notch in the naked granite rocks. During the day we crossed a number of streams bordered by dense thickets of alders through which we had to cut our way with our knives. In one of these, Buckskin, our pack horse, caught a leg between two rocks and bruised it badly.

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