Afoot and alone; a walk from sea to sea by the southern route: Adventures and observations in southern California, New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, etc

 
9781130534559: Afoot and alone; a walk from sea to sea by the southern route: Adventures and observations in southern California, New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, etc
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1872 Excerpt: ..."with his yeast. Meanwhile, from the elevated sandy desert near Los Cruces, we will look down upon tho valley of the Rio Grande in its noblest proportions. This desert stretches back to the Organ Mountains, which, with their silver pipes of pinnacles, stand so lordly up in the blue galleries of heaven. The old, adventurous Spaniards, if they did a little too often seek to square accounts with their neglected saints by giving their names to mountains, nevertheless had an eye to the resemblances of nature, and at least never perpetrated such hideous vulgarities as Hog-eye and Shirttail Canyon. Looking toward the valley, we see an immeasurable contiguity of corn, just coming into floss and tassel, or a piece of a wheat field, full of shocks, or one of those fabulous meadows of alfalfa, mown five times a year, and yielding 81,200 per acre. Here at least laziness is sense, for it naves the scattered trees, which wade up to their knees in the corn, all along the distant river. On the Mexican side of the Bio Grande a huge section is knocked clean out of the sierra, and a singular, reddish-purple plain sweep, back through the gap, till it rounds down out of eight. Over it hang some "shadow-streaks of rain" TunJ Tdley' amng the,,ite en«"npments and the vast herds, sleepily chewing the cud, or just toppling over mto the afternoon siesta, a Mexican in a red gZhuf tat TWrThren hM jU8t,"" lazf over a tuT'rt. "n v mU8tBng buckle8 down toit miffhtily.and l£ZZT "? W8 8pn80' on ndiculously Jittle nag, hurrymg home from Los Cruce. before the rain The woman has the saddle, and sits facing to the right, but the man behind has both stirrups, the reins of tlto bridle, and the woman. He hugs her so tightly around the waist that sh...

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