As I drive from the town south towards Hawkin_s ranch and approach the Araquipa Hills the glamour of these whitened slopes and canyons dotted with the dark figures of the oaks and interspersed with buckeye stirs happy feelings of a beloved area. At a distance so little impression, yet close at hand they acquire a dignity of their own that is apart from height or grandeur, an impressiveness that is associated with their ancient geological lineage and the slow but sure forces that have brought about their peculiar but quiet beauty. _ Aug. 17, 1933.
The small native life, both plant and animal, has disappeared very largely from the valley level and the foothills.
There is no longer cover for the small animals _ fire, grazing or cultivation having changed the conditions.
-The lure of the foothills. cf. F.B. 7:162. cf. Men and Manners, 14:134.
The Vaca Mts. [Mountains]
-A day_s pilgrimage. cf. letter of M. Sharpe, May 18, 1937, in Jepson correspondence.
-The Parry Manzanita. Arctostaphylos manzanita. Its relation to certain soil areas: U.S. Dept. Agr. Series 1927. Bull no. 13. A Soil Survey of the Clear Lake and Carpenter, E.J., et al. (note taken from American Journal of Botany, vol. 27, p. 190.
-The Sleepy Hills = The Arequipa Hills.
No baser vision
Their spirit falls
Who walk by right
On the naked hills. _ Eiluned Lewis