John Muir


Louie [Muir]


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Kodiak. July 3, 1899Dear Louie -I sent you a word from Homer, as Katchemak Bay, a branch of Cook Inlet last week when we intended to go on up the main Inlet to the head. But the plans were changed & we sailed across the mouth of the Inlet & down the coast of the Alaska peninsula to Kukak Bay where at midnight a party of ornithologists & mice catchers were landed with their presses & traps to work a week or so. Thence we sailed to Yuyak Bay on the northwest side of Kodiak Island near the famous Karluk canning station, a charming place [embosomed?] in green hills & mountains where the hunters of big game were sent off to hunt in the interior of the island. bears moose etc. Carrying guns & baggage & plans enough for a [Marsilla?] campaign. Thence we came here by way of the beautiful Northern & Narrow straits to this old Russian town arriving last Saturday afternoon. The weather is delightful & everybody is happy & well. The hills & mountains up to the snow are marvelously flowery & plushy & green Not even the Emerald Isle is so softly richly brilliantly green. The Sitka spruce & Western & Mountain hemlocks form fine forests all along the coast this far, or rather to Cook Inlet. Here less than a fifth of the Coast region is forested & only with02598


Kodiak [Alaska]

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Original letter dimensions: 27.5 x 21 cm.

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