Monthly Archives: August 2011

130 years of Casaba Melons, part II

Back in May I planted the seeds, and now this has invaded my kitchen.It looks like something from a space aliens movie. What is it? It’s a Casaba melon, and this is my best year yet growing Casabas. This one … Continue reading

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August 26, 1841

“Thursday, 26th. Traveled all day over dry barren plains, producing nothing but sage, or rather, as it ought to be called, wormwood, and which I believe will grow without water or soil. Two men were sent ahead to search for … Continue reading

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August 24, 1841

“Tuesday, 24th.  Cattle strayed this morning to seek water–late start–day was warm–traveled about 10 miles in a W. direction, encamped where we found numerous springs, deep, clear, and somewhat impregnated with salt. The plains were snowy white with salt. Here … Continue reading

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August 22, 1841

“Sunday, 22nd.  This morning a man (Mr. Brolaski) returned from the Fort, and said the reason why he came alone was the other men had left him, because he was unable to keep up with them; he having a pack … Continue reading

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August 21, 1841

“Saturday, 21st. Marched off in a NW direction, and intersected our trail of Thursday last, having made a complete triangle in the plain. At this intersection of the trails we left a paper elevated by a pole, that the men … Continue reading

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August 19, 1841

Bidwell & Co. were traveling slowly southward through Cache Valley, in what is now northern Utah. Sometimes they followed the Bear River, other times they had to leave the river and “journey over hills and ravines, going to almost every … Continue reading

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August 12, 1841

“I, in company with another man (J. John), went some distance below the camp to fish in the river; fished sometime without success–concluded we could spend the afternoon more agreeably.” So begins the journal version of a story John Bidwell … Continue reading

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