Yellowstone and the Great West: Journals, Letters, and Images from the 1871 Hayden Expedition

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8
On and around Yellowstone Lake
From Base Camp at West Thumb to Steamboat Point

TUESDAY, AUGUST 8

This morning I got up about 4 o'clock. I packed the remainder of the specimens while those who went back to Bottlers' ate their breakfast. It was very cold this morning. I helped in the packing of the animals. Elliott and Cam Carrington started in the boat very early this morning. Jim, Beaman, Dawes, Logan, Adams, Dixon, Mr. Chrisman [Crissman], and John Raymond, Alec Sibley, and Jo Smith, started back with the pack train [to Bottler's Ranch]. After they had been gone about an hour or two the Doctor and Schönborn missed an aneroid barometer and made Steve saddle and go after the train to see if Beaman knew where it was. He had gone but a short time when they found it. We did not get breakfast until rather late. We had prunes, bacon, bread, and coffee.

After breakfast, the Doctor, Schönborn, and myself started out to go the rounds of the hot springs along the Lake near camp. I rode Dick ( Negley's horse) and the Doctor rode his extra poney. While the Doctor and Schönborn went around taking the temperatures, I held the horses. The area of springs here is not very great and we soon finished them after which we struck up into the woods and came across a small lake [ Duck Lake] about half a mile long and about a third of a mile in width. It is not far back from [Yellowstone] Lake and is very pretty indeed. Coming back to camp I went on the hunt of my hammer which I dropped from my belt while running after the Doctor's poney which ran away to the herd. Fortunately I found it after a short search.

Getting back to Camp I spent the remainder of the morning fixing my fly of which I was the sole occupant until night when Jackson came into it. I spent the afternoon reading and writing. Towards evening I helped Mr.

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Panorama 8. Head of Yellowstone River and North Shore of Yellowstone Lake with Steamboat Point ("Earthquake" Camp) on far right, August 19-22

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