60. Frink August 3, 1850

After a twenty-five-mile drive, we encamped at evening on the bank of the river. Feed is becoming scarcer than ever. Whenever we come to grass that can be mowed, Mr. Frink has the men cut a good supply of it with the scythe, and it is then hauled in the wagon for future use. In this hot, dry air, it cures very quickly, adding but little weight to the load. Away from the river, the soil is hard and dry, void of any vegetation except sagebrush, which is worthless for any purpose but fuel. When it is dry, it makes a hot fire, from the oil it contains, but burns out very soon. Much of the level land of this valley is barren, from the salt and alkali in it. 


The location below is the approximate August 3 (and 4) campsite.