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Jepson Field Book volume 26 page 78 | University and Jepson Herbaria Archives, University of California, Berkeley

Jepson Field Book volume 26 page 78
Colorado River, near Parker ---------- morning the boat was still all right but at 5:30 oclock she had sunk with her nose sticking out of the water and her stern in deep water over our head. She was as usual lashed to shore by a long rope leading to a tree. We worked with her quite a while, let loose the rope and turned her bow down stream and she settled off in deeper water. We got into the water naked and attempted to move her off but we couldnt budge her after repeated and long trials. Rennie thought it very "bad luck" that she should have ridden safe all night until 5:30 within an hour or two of getting away, but "good luck" that "we" had taken the oars out. There was no mention by him of bad judgment in landing here and of course I did not refer to it. Rennie is a very genial and satisfactory companion and this foible is one common to people in general. We tried again to move her down stream, Rennie on one side the boat as near the middle of her as the depth of water permitted and I on the outside or river side of her. The water was so deep and the ::::::::: 27 Oct. 1912 ---------- - Prosopis juliflora var. glandulosa, racemes 1, 2, 3, or 4-fruited. Trees 20 ft. h! - A strip of bank 7 ft 4 in wide and 5 ft. h went off in front  of camp in 12 hrs. last night. Further down the strip was 5 ft. 5 in. wide. ---------- body of water so swift and strong that I could not maintain any footing in the shifting sand of the bottom. I was really floating all the while and pushing against water! Finally we got out on the bank and with the painter went to her "oxen-like" and budged her a few inches and a few inches more and so on until we got her in quite shallow water. Then I got in with a bucket to scoop the sand out of her stern and after hard work in the freezing water was able to lift her up with my knee and bail a bucket of water out of her; after that it was steady bailing until she floated easily. Our seats of course floated off down the river.
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