By Sarah E. Olds

ISBN-10: 0874170524

ISBN-13: 9780874170528

ISBN-10: 0874174619

ISBN-13: 9780874174618

Twenty Miles From a fit, initially released in 1978, is the autobiography of an indomitable girl and her family's twenty years of adventures and misadventures in a desolate tract desolate tract. In 1908, a venturesome girl named Sarah Olds packed up her brood and went homesteading west of Sutcliffe on Pyramid Lake. Her ill husband stated, welcoming her to their new domestic, "There, previous woman. there is your domestic, and it truly is rattling close to within the middle of Egypt." Olds tells of the hardships, frustrations, poverty, and different tribulations her family members suffered from presently after the flip of the century until eventually good into the nice melancholy. via all of it, despite the fact that, runs a thread of humor, cheerfulness, and the power to giggle at adversity. Twenty Miles From a fit is a narrative for everybody who has idea or dreamed approximately homesteading in a environment some distance faraway from the bustling way of life in an city zone. it's a real tale, informed easily and truthfully and with pleasant humor.

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He told Daddy of some land open to homesteading, and stressed the abundance of game and the good trout fishing in nearby Pyramid Lake. By the time they returned from their hunting trip Daddy was all pepped up to go out there and homestead. I didn't let any grass grow under my feet in encouraging him to go to Carson City and file the papers. I had triumphed easily over my first stumbling block. Never had a scheme worked so smoothly. It was the greatest piece of strategy I ever managed, and Daddy never realized it.

We stopped for lunch this second day in a canyon where there was a grassy spot below a bubbling spring. Every stop on our way to the homestead holds a place in my memory like a milepost on my road of life. We rested there awhile. The children were all tired and getting fussy, constantly asking, "When do we get there? " Only the little four-year-old Leslie was happy and contented. " that we asked it often just to bolster up our own morale. There were five more weary miles to go. Our homestead was inside a big company field.

We hesitated. There were nine of us. But the cook insisted we come in and eat. There was plenty for all, he said. What a meala great platter of ham and eggs, stacks of hot biscuits, boiled potatoes with the jackets on, and bowls of brown gravy. For dessert there was the inevitable bowl of stewed dried peaches. You will always find dried fruit of some variety in any desert or cow camp, and if cooked properly it is surprising how tasty it is. The road crew had built bunks in the house and put straw in them for mattresses, which they now vacated in honor of us, and went to the barn with their bedding.

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