San Diego to Sitka; With Notes by the Way

San Diego to Sitka; With Notes by the Way

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1902 edition. Excerpt: ... that two days, at least, should be consumed on the journey. Leaving Raymond at 6:30 a. m., after several hours ride across the Mojave desert and a night in the sleeper, 1 one feels all the exuberance that comes from air as pure as any in the world, dustless roads, rendered so by oil sprinkling, and scenery unparalleled. A seat beside the driver is the coveted place, for if this ehu be so disposed he can impart much information. He will call attention to the spot where the last "hold-up" occurred; will point out the different camps of the gold prospectors in Grub Gulch, remarking as he does so that "more money has gone into this dirt than ever came out of it;" will tell marvelous tales of Indian days, and, if you evince any incredulity, he will inform you, as I heard two drivers do, that "George Washington couldn't tell a lie, even if he wanted to; that a stage driver can but won't, and that the ordinary person can and does." This first day the traveler l0oks_over steep banks into the foaming Fresno river and sees for miles the "V" flume, down which lumber is floated 75 miles from a saw-mill far up in the mountains to Madeira, on the line of the Southern Pacific. They'have only completed the oiling'of the roads for a distance of about ten miles and after that the dust covers us so that it is well nigh impossible to tell whether a coat is black or gray. As the scenery grows more picturesque, the roads become more stony and at times the jolting is so terrible that one hails with delight the enforced stops at the end of about every nine miles where we obtain a fresh relay of four horses. At Ahwahnee we stop for dinner and here we see for the first time the Mariposa lily, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 24 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 64g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236989775
  • 9781236989772