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I explored the right hand branch of the canyon in the afternoon and
finally succeeded in reaching the cedars and pines.
A storm came up in the night and we had to move in. I had cleaned
the front room while Carey was gone, took up the filthy matting and
swept thoroughly. It is very nice in the daytime, but the rats make
We worried about Nebuchadnezzar and Balaam when the storm
came up. Carey tried to hunt them by lightning light, but it was too
dazzling. It did not rain much after all.
It looked a little rainy that morning, tho clear and cool early. I
decided to explore the main canyon way up, so started before dinner
taking a cake of chocolate and a teacake along. It looked very rainy
by the time I reached the three branches of the canyon, so, not to be
left the wrong side of a swollen stream, I decided on the left. It did
rain, but not very hard. There are pines and cedars and madrona at
the mouth of that canyon and the woods are dense.
The canyon bends off toward the Baldy Peak-Mt. Livermore region
and I climbed the ridge farther up to get bearings for the next days
trip to the mountains.35 I met my first Fouquieria splendens on that
hillside, had seen it only in the herbarium and from the car window.
It was not in bloom but was in full leaf. The view from the top is
worth the climb. That is a glorious pile of mountains up there.
I came back over the ridge and met for the first time another
acquaintance, the creosote bush, larrea.
Our supplies are pretty low. We have enough to last easily through
Monday, then, if we cannot get any more, we shall have to leave here
Tuesday. Carey is working on his math, and I hope will finish the third
exercise, so as to take it over to post. We contemplate having a time
chiefly on frijoles. They really are good food, but might become
monotonous. With potatoes, coffee, and bacon, one could get along
indefinitely. If we could only get more rabbits, they would be a great
help, but they are very scarce. We do not want to leave our home here.
This was the day that we went to Livermore. We started up the
gully back of the house somewhere around nine A.M. carrying two
canteens, two knapsacks, two guns, and a botany can. For lunch we
had a can of baked beans, four teacakes, and two cakes of chocolate.
s3Situated some eighteen miles west of Fort Davis, Mount Livermore (8382 feet)
is the second highest peak in Texas. For the position of the summit and its relation-
ship to the surrounding Davis Mountain terrain, see United States Geological
Survey Topographical Map, Valentine Sheet. Numerous photographs taken from
the summit of Mount Livermore can be examined in Leon Carl Hinchley, The
Vegetation of the Mt. Livermore Area (Ph.D. dissertation, University of Texas, 1940).
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