Journal of Western Travel
by John McTurk Gibson
edited by Weldon Hoppe
September 3rd, 1859 -- Cold as Greenland, snow on the mountains all around and ice on every thing this morning, then up hill and away, steep and rugged and we at last gain the first summit of the Nevada Mountains and down t'other side more rugged than ever, here Billy created some amusement by climbing a high rock and delivering a lecture to another noted for his swearing propensities, giving him a cool and animated advice and concluded by drawing a contrast between his pious parents praying earnestly for his welfare and himself acting the d---d fool all the time. All the boy burst into a laugh and down he came from his rostrum apparently greatly shocked at the levity of his hearers and a face as long as a churn. We are in Lake Valley having concluded to rest the balance of the day.
Travelled 8 miles and camped. We crossed one of the summits of the Nevada Mountains. It is steep and rocky in places. After passing over this summit we enter Lake Valley. Here we are camped, grass scarce. We had the roughest road down the mountain I ever saw. We have frost and ice here at knights.
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