John Muir


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friends still wetter than we, all of them soaked. The wind had repeatedly blown down their flimsy sail shed, Our tent leaked badly and we were lying in a mossy bog. We were soon dry, however, at the big fire we made and felt better after bread and beans, etc. I brought in some Labrador tea which the suffering minister relished. The rain is so heavy and the head wind so high we will not leave camp unless it should clear up somewhat. Then in that case I should like to go back and explore Houghton B[ay] which we could do in this wind. Toyatte is afraid of passing Cape Fanshaw, the nose, as he calls it. How enthusiastically the tall spruces are tossing their arms. This is the first time I have seen them fully awake and how they roar. The cedars, too, rock, quiver, and let their plumes stream out on the rainy gale – a gray, hearty steady storm. John and Charley have gone a hunting. 4 P.M. both returned and found wanting. Glad of it. We have abundance of provisions without this everlasting wolfish killing. The wind still holds in the S. We may be held here a week or more. Have been drying blankets all day. Shifted our tent. Nov. 18th. Wind moderate but still ahead. Start at 7 A.M. Met a rough sea and stiff opposing wind in rounding Cape Fanshaw. Thence down the coast by creeping close to the shore and taking advantage of the shelter of projecting rocks. We made slow hard won progress until about 3 o’clock when the sky cleared up grandly and the blessed sun shone with which amber light over the calming waters and the beautiful forests {Sketch: 2d of grt. Gl. At Storm Camp from L to R}

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