John Muir


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month for next steamer. Would like to go again to nature, but I suppose will find rest in work. The mountains are locked for the winter, and canoe excursions are no longer safe. Will shut myself in room and work and work. ------------------- Only one of the Takoo gl[acier]s descends into salt water. Said to be very large. Judging from the quantity of bergs it sends off it must flow fast, and drain an extensive area. -------------------- Dec. 1879. In good gerret alone. Invited to live with Mr. Y[oung] but conclude to prepare my own food and enjoy the quiet work. How grandly long the nights are and short the days. At noon the sun seems to be about an hour high. The clouds colored like sunset. Weather rather stormy, north winds prevailed a week at a time, sending down the temperature to near zero and chilling the vapor of the bay into white condensed reek which presents a curious appearance, streaming forward with the wind in combed out, drawn, hair-like masses. This is said to be the coldest winter ever experienced in Alaska. At Sitka the nummum was +8o. At Wrangel near the storm throat of the Stickine -0, but mostly about {sketch: No. 1 R side going S from Sitideka.}

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