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[[underlined]]La Grande[[/underlined]]

are strange to me. 

Placer mining is carried on in places all along the river banks. Water wheels turned by the current lift the water to wash gold from the gravel & to irrigate little patches of ground.

This spring has been unusually rainy & crops are growing without much irrigating. 

There are several stores & 2 hotels at Huntington.

[[underlined]]May 19[[/underlined]] Caught a Thomomys. Identified a few plants. Left Huntington at 1:20 & reached La Grande at 5 P.M.

Crossed the highest point of land a little east of Baker City. Saw big mountains to the north and a smaller range to the south. North Powder is close to the base of a range which seems to be the Wallowa Mts. Rain & clouds covered the mts. most of the time so I could not see the tops.

A light rain has fallen all day except from about 11 to 3.

[[underlined]]May 20[[/underlined]] Left La Grand at 11:20 & reached Elgin at 12:30.

Snow covers the mountain tops on the east, west & south of Grand Ronde Valley but crops are growing, flowers are abundant, and young Spermophiles are nearly quarter grown.